Parrotia persica has one of the most beautiful foliage displays, in addition to year-round eye appeal and ease of maintenance. Reddish-purple when unfolding in spring, the leaves are a lustrous dark green in summer, and yellow to orange or scarlet in fall. Leaves hold their color for a long period. Older branches and trunks develop an exfoliating gray, green, white, and brown color that is a welcome asset in the winter garden. It grows successfully in Zones 4 to 8, tolerates sun and partial shade, and is easy to transplant.
Often, vegetatively propogated forms offer more reliable fall color.
Easy to grow, but grows slowly. Nice foliage spring through fall, often with great color in the autumn. Bark exfoliates with age. Tiny red flowers in winter.
For best autumn color, grow in acidic soil. It also needs deep, fertile, moist soil in full sun or part shade.
Prune minimally—simply remove crossing branches or those that are growing in an unattractive direction.
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Genus - Parrotia
Species - Persica
Common name - Persian Ironwood
Pre-Treatment - Required, (long term germination)
Hardiness zones - 4 - 8
Height - 6 - 12 m
Spread - 6 - 9 m
Plant type - Tree
Vegetation type - Deciduous
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth rate - Slow
Soil PH - Acid
Soil type - Deep, fertile
Water requirements - Average
Landscape uses - Excellent small lawn tree or street tree. Can be incorporated into foundation plantings, particularly in shrub form
Bloom season - March - April
Leaf / Flower color - Dark green / Red
1. Soak seeds in very warm water for 24 hours.
2. Mix with vermiculite or another sterile / clean peat, sand or soil and stratify in the fridge at +2-+4C for 30-60 days. It will increase the germination percentage.
3. Seeds should be planted after the pretreatment in pots and generally grown in them for up to two to three years before they are mature enough to transplant.
Flowering does not start until the plants are at least six years old.
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