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The fat fists of silvery lilac buds on Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill' have opened up to release an intense, sugary scent at the mouth of the Winter Garden.
The fat fists of silvery lilac buds on Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill' have opened up to release an intense, sugary scent at the mouth of the Winter Garden.
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Persian Ironwood

Parrotia persica
Hamamelidaceae (Witch Hazel family)
Overlooking the Systematic Beds is a fine Persian Ironwood, Parrotia persica. It is a native of the southern Caucasus and northern Iran and is named for its extremely hard wood. The flattened, spreading canopy has become an intricate latticework, due to the beautiful branches, a patchwork pattern of buff, pink and pearly grey, having self-grafted and fused.
In winter, tiny male flowers, consisting of clusters of crimson stamens, appear directly from the bare, serpentine branches; from a distance the tree seems to glow ember red. In autumn, the oval, roughly-toothed leaves turn copper, gold and red, making this a truly year-round tree.