Parrotia Persica prefers a rich, fertile soil that does not dry out. It will not tolerate drought. During last year’s hot, dry summer I noticed several that had began to lose their leaves in response to stress. If you can, plant the tree in a sheltered spot away from cold, drying winds. This will also give some protection from frost, which can turn the early flowers to mush. Parrotias are reputed to prefer slightly acid soils, but in reality they will tolerate even chalky conditions. Two cultivars, Parrotia persica ‘Vanessa’ and P. persica ‘Jodrell Bank’ (raised at the arboretum next to the radio telescope), grow well in acid or alkaline soils. The only pruning needed is the cutting out of cross branches on mature trees and perhaps the removal of branches from the base to reveal the trunk. The plant itself has a very strong hardiness rating at H6 meaning it is perfect for the British climate. It does flower lovely red flowers in both spring and winter making it an unusual yet beautiful plant. It is generally pest and disease free. Maximum height is between 4 m – 8 m (13.12 ft – 26.0 ft) and the maximum width is 8 m (26.0 ft)
Latin Name: Parrotia Persica
English Name: Persian Ironwood, Iron Tree
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Flowering Period: Spring-Winter
Suggested Location: Outdoor.
Suggested Soil Type: Well-Drained, moist but well drained. Clay, Loam, Chalk, Sand
Suggested Exposure to Sunlight: Full Sunlight or Partial Shade.
Suggested Exposure to Weather: Sheltered or Exposed.
Hardiness Rating: High (H6)
Lowest Temperature Tolerance: -25°C to -15 °C (-13 °F to 5°F)
Maintenance: Pruning group 1
Growth Habit: Bushy
Eventual Spread: 8 m (26.0 ft)
Final Height: 4 m – 8 m (13.12 ft – 26.0 ft)
Cultivation: Grow in a well-drained or moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade; well suited to an open woodland setting
Propagation: Propagate by semi-hardwood or softwood cuttings
Suggested planting locations and garden types: Low Maintenance Architectural
Pests: Generally pest free
Diseases: Generally disease free
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