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A picture of a Persian Ironwood

Persian Ironwood

Parrotia persica

Also known as

Iron Tree, Ironwood

Morlanwelz Mariemont JPG22a by Jean-Pol GRANDMONT (CC BY 2.5)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








20 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Persian Ironwood

A close up of some green Parrotia persica leaves
A large Parrotia persica tree in a forest
A pink Parrotia persica flower with green leaves
A close up of some green Parrotia persica foliage

Persian Ironwood Overview

Parrotia persica is a deciduous tree or large shrub in the witch-hazel family, Hamamelidaceae. Commonly known by the names Persian Ironwood and Iron Tree. It can grow to over 8m in height and produces beautiful, deep green leaves that display attractive autumn colouration, turning shades of yellow, gold, orange, purple and red in autumn. This species often forms multiple stems and has attractive flaking bark, it has a spreading habit and grows best in full sunlight. Flowers are small and bright red in colour, these are borne on bare stems.

Common problems with Persian Ironwood

Generally pest & disease free

    How to propagate Persian Ironwood


    Semi-hardwood cuttings

    Special features of Persian Ironwood

    Autumn colour

    Attractive leaves

    Other uses of Persian Ironwood

    Specimen, bark, striking autumn colours of yellow, orange, scarlet.

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