We love how this upright beauty, Persian Spires, offers gorgeous color to the garden through the seasons. This easy-to-grow ornamental is related to witch hazel. Not only is the foliage stunning, but when the tree matures, its exfoliating bark adds a new decorative element to the garden in the winter.
Botanical Name: Parrotia persica ‘JL Columnar’
Common Name: Persian Spires upright ironwood
Height: 25 feet
Width: 10 feet
Shape: Columnar, upright oval
Flower: Showy with red stamens
Foliage: Emerges with a strong purple cast in the spring fading to green with a purple margin.
Fall foliage: Long-lasting with colors of of yellow, orange, burgundy and red hues.
USDA Zones: 5–8
Plant in full sun or part shade in acid, loamy soil for best results. Water well its first year, until established.
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