Persian ironwood (Parrotia persica)
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.