Parrotia persica

Common Name:
Persian ironwood
Plant Type:
Deciduous shrub
Hamamelidaceae (The Witch Hazel Family)
Geographic Origin:
Middle East
California Native?:
Plant Size:
To 15-30 feet high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Foundation plantings
Flowering Season:
Flower Color:
Sun or light shade
Most soils
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate to occasional watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 0 degrees F. or less
Parrotia is an unusual shrub or small tree of the witch hazel family, growing 10-30 feet high. It has attractive tiers of horizontal branches, lined by broad, deeply veined leaves up to 4 inches long. In fall the leaves take on wonderful gold to scarlet shades, which last for several weeks. Small, round heads of petal-less flowers with showy red stamens decorate the bare stems in early spring. A stunning specimen shrub, easily shaped by pruning. Sun, most soils, moderate watering. Hardy to around 0 degrees F.