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Parrotia persica 'Vanessa' (Persian Ironwood)

Persian Ironwood 'Vanessa'


An outstanding four-season small tree, Parrotia persica 'Vanessa' (Persian Ironwood) is rich of many exceptional attributes. More upright and columnar than the species, its branches arch gracefully outward towards the tip. They bear a canopy of oval-shaped, lustrous leaves which emerge bronze and burgundy, mature to darker green in summer and turn spectacular shades of bronze, crimson, orange and brilliant gold in fall, before shedding to the ground. Equally exquisite is the flaky gray bark, which becomes a real showstopper in winter. Finally, small, spidery, red flowers, resembling those of Witch Hazel (Hamamellis), are produced on bare stems in late winter and early spring, adding further interest.

Slow-growing, 'Vanessa'' is regarded as one of the most spectacular and exotic-looking trees for the winter landscape.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for its outstanding qualities
  • Grows up to 15-40 ft. tall (4.5-12 m) and 10-20 ft. wide (3-6 m).
  • A full sun lover, this plant is easily grown in moist, well-drained soils. Dappled shade is tolerated, but best fall colors are obtained in sun. Tolerates sand and clay soils. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Perfect as specimen plant in cottage gardens, city gardens or for foundation plantings.
  • Low maintenance, this plant needs little pruning.
  • Virtually pest and disease free.
  • Propagate by semi-hardwood or softwood cuttings
  • Native to Iran

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Trees
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 15' – 40' (4.5m – 12m)
Spread 10' – 20' (3m – 6m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Trees
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 15' – 40' (4.5m – 12m)
Spread 10' – 20' (3m – 6m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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