Persian Spire Persian Ironwood (Parrotia persica ‘JLColumnar’)

Persian Spire Persian Ironwood

  • Leaves Emerge Purple & Fade to Green
  • Mature Leaves Have a Purple Halo!
  • Unique, Columnar Form
  • Upright Branching & Narrow Leaves
  • Bright Fall Colors
  • Moderately Fast-Growing
  • Low Maintenance

The Persian Spire™ Ironwood (Parrotia persica ‘JLColumnar’) will knock your socks off if you’re in need of an interesting, manageable, compact tree that also features season after season of interest! You’ll love the spring flower display! As a member of the Witch Hazel family, like many Witch Hazels, the Ironwood features unique little tasseled flowers in the late winter or early spring when you need to see blooms the most!

The Persian Spire™ Ironwood is a favorite among arborists because of its compact size and uniquely energetic growth habit and hardy nature. With a dense, rounded crown and twisting trunks, the Persian Spire Ironwood offers excellent long-lasting appeal. The upright columnar form is perfect for smaller landscapes.

With a silvery-brown trunk that peels in patches to reveal greens, yellows, and whites hidden beneath. Its unique bark is like a Crape Myrtle’s with a bit more pizazz.

This attractive tree has upright branches that celebrate spring with unique purple-tinged new growth that has overtones of violet as they harden. Maturing to a gorgeous green with a purple halo. When fall arrives, so does more color The Persian Spire Ironwood’s narrow, ovular leaves begin the autumn with hints of yellow that will soon take over and become a fiery kaleidoscope of oranges and reds.

And while your other deciduous trees will drop their leaves by the time winter arrives, the Persian Spire™ Ironwood keeps its foliage into winter. Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 5 to 8, these are strong trees and rival Maples with their fall color!

Planting and Application:

The Persian Spire™ Ironwood makes an excellent windbreak or specimen tree. It looks lovely as a petite shade tree in a compact backyard or as a bit more greenery in your side yard. Plant this upright tree in a place where you can admire it day after day. Well-known for its durable lumber, hence its name, Ironwood is fantastic in windy sites and holds up to heavy snowfall in the winter.

Shade patios and seating areas, or boost curb appeal with a narrow growing front lawn specimen, this fantastic Ironwood will look gorgeous year-round for you with ease! The smaller form means larger properties can create naturalized groves by grouping these trees in unevenly spaced, odd-numbered clusters!

Tips for Care:

Just be sure you provide your Persian Spire™ Ironwood with full sun or partial shade and well-drained soil. Give new trees a regular schedule of moisture, using the finger-test method to ensure you are giving it all it needs to succeed. All trees appreciate a 3-4 inch thick layer of mulch over their entire root system for insulation and moisture retention. Prune this tree after it flowers to keep it petite or let it grow tall.

What do you love most about the Persian Spire™ Persian Ironwood? Whether it’s the bark, reliable nature, or fall color, you will enjoy this great tree all year long.

Persian Spire Persian Ironwood (Parrotia persica ‘JLColumnar’) Details

Common name Persian Spire Persian Ironwood
Botanical name Parrotia persica 'JLColumnar'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 5-8
Growth rate Medium
Height 20 - 25 ft.
Width 8 - 10 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Meoderate
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly No
Pruning time Early Spring
Flower color Reddish-Purple to Brownish