Looking good now
This stunning Indian bean tree is finally in flower at the heart of the Rock Garden.
This stunning Indian bean tree is finally in flower at the heart of the Rock 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.