Parrotia persica 'Vanessa'Parrotia persica 'Vanessa'

Common Name: Vanessa Persian Ironwood

Bloomtime: Winter

Bloomcolor: Red

Exposure: Full sun or light to dappled shade

Height: 40 ft (12.5m)

Spread: 20 ft (6m)

Water: Drought tolerant when established

Zone: 4

Drought Tolerant: Yes

Characteristics: That develops a more upright, columnar habit than the species. This durable tree is beautiful in every season, as its foliage, branch structure and bark are all exceptional., Its leaves are oval shaped with somewhat scalloped edges. They emerge green edged with burgundy, maturing to midgreen in summer. In late August, they begin their sensational autumn display, turning bronze, then crimson, followed by orange and finishing bri, Its branching habit is irregular, providing an eye-catching change from most shrubs and trees. In winter, when its exfoliating grey-and-tan bark is revealed, this picturesque tree makes a dramatic feature., Its tiny, spidery, red flowers are produced in late winter and early spring, before the leaves. Although it is related to witchhazels, its flowers are not fragrant.