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Persian Parrotia

parrotia tree

Perisan parrotia

Scientific Name:
Parrotia persica

Other Common Names:
Persian ironwood

Under Power Lines:
Yes—this tree is approved for planting under power lines.

Street Tree Planting:
Yes—minimum planting strip width of 5 feet. If planting a street tree, you must be approved for a permit.

A small deciduous tree with beautiful changing foliage. Leaves emerge with reddish purple color, maturing to a dark green in summer and changing to shades of orange, yellow, and red in fall. Exfoliating bark of mature trees provides excellent winter interest.

parrotia trunk

Parrotia trunk

Mature Height:
25 feet

Mature Spread:
25 feet

Deciduous tree with leaves that emerge purplish in color, changing to lustrous green in summer and vibrant shades of yellow, orange and red in fall.

Small, insignificant flowers.

Cultural Notes:
Parrotia does best in well-drained soils in full sun, however will tolerate some shade and a wide range of soil conditions.

Potential Problems:
No serious insect or disease problems.

Minimum Planting Distances:

  • 15 feet from house or building
  • 3 ½ feet back from the face of the curb
  • 5 feet from underground utility lines
  • 10 feet from power poles
  • 7 ½ feet from driveways (10 feet recommended)
  • 20 feet from street lights and other existing trees
  • 30 feet from street intersections

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