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Garden blog PARC'S | January 29, 2024

Plant of the month February: Ironwood tree (Parrotia persica)

The easy-care ironwood tree impresses with its beautiful autumn colors.

Plant profile

Botanical name: Parrotia persica
German name: Eisenholzbaum
Family: Hamamelidaceae
Flowering time: February to March
Flowers: Red
Foliage: Green
Growth habit: Spreading and upright, 6 to 10 meters high
Origin: Iran and Azerbaijan

Details of the Parrotia persica

The ironwood tree belongs to the witch hazel family (Hamamelidaceae) and is characterized by its graceful appearance and versatile use. This deciduous plant can reach a height of up to 10 meters and is particularly known for its autumn colors.

Parrotia persica impresses with its leathery, glossy leaves, which shine in various shades of green in spring and turn into a spectacular spectrum of yellow, orange and red in autumn. It therefore attracts the attention of every visitor. The reddish-brown bark of the trunk also provides a visual attraction in winter. In terms of soil, the ironwood tree prefers well-drained, humus-rich soil and a sunny to semi-shady location.

Parrotia persica flowers in late winter to spring. The inconspicuous flowers develop into small fruits that attract birds and therefore also make an ecological contribution. This hardy plant is also easy to care for and resistant to disease, making it an ideal choice for any garden.

Use of the ironwood tree in the design

The versatile nature of the ironwood tree makes it a real gem in garden design. Thanks to its low susceptibility to pests and diseases, it is ideal as a specimen plant. However, its compact growth also makes it attractive for smaller gardens. The ironwood tree scores highly as a shade provider, privacy screen or as part of a mixed hedge.

Parrotia persica is also suitable for landscaping avenues and parks. Its impressive autumn colors make it an eye-catcher in every season. Combined with spring-flowering or evergreen plants, it creates a harmonious overall look.

The ironwood tree is not only an aesthetic addition to any garden, it is also easy to care for and versatile. This impressive plant will brighten up any garden.

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