Parrotia ‘Persian Spire’ Features A Purple Leaf That Matures To Emerald Green
‘Persian Spire’ has a long-lasting, elaborate autumn color display of ever-changing yellow, orange, burgundy and red hues.
August 19, 2013
The columnar growth habit of Parrotia ‘Persian Spire’ clearly distinguishes it from other upright parrotia such as ‘Vanessa.’ In spring, leaves emerge with a strong purple cast. Summer foliage is a dark emerald green and retains the purple around leaf margins. Compared to other columnar trees, ‘Persian Spire’ has a long-lasting, elaborate autumn color display of ever-changing yellow, orange, burgundy and red hues. Foliage is finer with a narrower leaf than common Ironwood.
Parrotia ‘Persian Spire’ was introduced by JLPN Inc. of Salem, Oregon. Owner John Lewis selected the first plant on-site from a row of seedlings. ‘Persian Spire’ showed its unique foliage and distinctly upright character at an early age.
“I always loved parrotia as a plant,” Lewis says. “In trying to sell Parrotia persica, it had great fall color, but nothing special beyond this single characteristic. Now we have a parrotia cultivar that brings something else to the table – it’s upright, fast growing and has attractive foliage.”
More Details On Parrotia ‘Persian Spire’
Height And Spread: 25 feet h x 10 feet w
Shape: Columnar to upright oval
Flower: Showy red stamens
Foliage: Green, fine textured
‘Persian Spire’ is highly versatile and can be used in the landscape as a narrow tree, hedge or screen. Branching is dense and full, making it a refreshing, bright and colorful alternative to beech or hornbeam hedges.
Parrotia ‘Persian Spire’ debuted at the FarWest Tradeshow, August 22 to 24, 2013 in Portland, Ore., in the New Varieties Showcase. Trees were featured in JLPN booths #2049 and #3050 and UpShoot booth #2047.
– Originally posted on Today’s Garden Center August 19, 2013