Parrotia persica (Persian Ironwood)
Also known as: Iron Tree
Native: The area south and southwest of the Caspian Sea, from north Persia to the Caucasus
In the wild and in gardens it can be very shrubby, forming dense thickets, but may be found as a tree.
Leaves colour brilliant reds, orange and yellow.
Flowers open in February and March before the leaves emerge; the clusters are about 1.2cm across, with bright red anthers.
No sample available
Fruit is like a small brown nut about 1.2cm in a cluster of three to five.