Plant Information

Plant Information

Persian Ironwood

Persian ironwood (Parrotia persica)

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Persian ironwood is an uncommon, typically multi-stemmed small tree or large shrub with exfoliating bark. It grows 20–40 feet tall. Small dark red flowers in early spring are followed by lustrous green leaves that unfold red and turn vivid hues of yellow, orange, and red in the fall. Bark of mature trees exfoliates to show green, white, or tan patches beneath and provides good winter interest. No serious insect or disease problems. Persian ironwood makes an excellent stress-tolerant specimen.

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Street: Appropriate for restricted size planting sites; recommended by the City of Chicago Urban Tree Planting List
Park/Residential: Appropriate for landscaped planting sites including public parks, residential property, golf courses, cemeteries, etc.
Legacy: For plantings with an expected life span of more than 60 years; retained 50 percent or more climate suitability in models for the decade 2080
N/R +35 yrs: Not recommended for plantings with an expected life span of more than 35 years