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Ironwood

Parrotia spp.

Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H6

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

8m

Max

4m

Min

8m

20 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Ironwood Overview

Parrotia is a small genus containing 1 or 2 species of deciduous trees in the Hamamelidaceae family, one species, P. persica, or Persian ironwood, native to Iran and Azerbaijan and another, P. subaequalis, Chinese ironwood, native to eastern China. They are often multi-stemmed trees grown for their broad oval leaves that have striking and intense Autumn colours. Flowers are abundant and deep red, resembling those of the closely-related witch-hazel, and also produced in late winter before the foliage develops.

How to propagate Ironwood

Cuttings

Semi-hardwood or softwood cuttings are reccomended.

Seed

Seed in autumn.

Special features of Ironwood

Attractive leaves

Autumn colour

Other uses of Ironwood

Grown for its flowers and autumn colour.