Native to northern Iran and into the Caucasus Region (the area between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea currently occupied by the countries of south-central Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan).
Found in areas of full sun to partial shade. Needs slightly acidic, well-drained soil. Will not tolerate wet conditions. Somewhat drought tolerant. Tolerates urban air pollution.
Grows to a height of 20 to 40 ft. with a spread of about 20 to 30 ft. In landscape it tends to remain a small, deciduous tree or a large multi-stemmed shrub up to 15 ft. tall. Generally grown for its colorful foliage which ranges in color from shades of yellow, red, pink, orange to bronze.
Point of Interest
- A relative of Witch hazel.
- Has showy bark that peels and provides winter interest with alternating colors of green, white and tan.
- Also known as Persian Ironwood due to its dense, hard wood.
- Excellent small tree for the lawn or street. Used as a specimen plant, foundation plant or shade tree near a patio.
- The Genus Parrotia was named after German naturalist F.W. Parrot. The species name persica refers to its origin in Persia.