|Grid reference||ST 179099 76495|
|Common name||Persian ironwood|
|Origin||Northern Iran, Caucaus|
|Height||approx 11M January 2018|
|Girth||135cm January 2018|
This is one of a group of three Parrotia persicas towards the east of the southern woodland. This particular tree is and 42M north of the animal wall.
General tree description
Parrotia persica is a small, wide spreading tree growing to around 15 metres tall. It has flaking bark with cream, grey or orange plates, particularly striking in winter. The leaves are oval to obovate and roughly toothed, up to 12cm long and 6cm wide. In summer they are glossy green, turning crimson and gold in autumn. Flowering is in mid to late winter or early spring. The flowers are clusters of crimson stamens, small with no petals. The fruits are 8mm shiny nuts in tough brown husks.