Persian Ironwood or Parrotia persica is a nice tree for use in the urban setting. The only specimen I have seen is the one that is in the York County Master Gardener's Learning Garden. In the beginning I passed by this tree without paying it much notice. That changed in the early spring/ late winter when this tree's blooms stopped me in my tracks.
Floridata is one of my references, as is Missouri Botanical Garden. Fine Gardening profiled this tree in one of its recent issues which helped spur me into getting back to sharing these trees with you. Please check out these links for some more photos and infomation.
Next week's tree ---(in January, taking next week off) will be Yellowwood.
words and photos by Janet,The Queen of Seaford.