Wordless Wednesday – January’s Tentacles: Parrotia persica


The startling red winter flowers of the Persian Ironwood tree (Parrotia Persica) – emerging on 09/01/2017 – looking variously like little: tongues, tentacles, spiders or fingers


The wonderful Parrotia persica ‘Vanessa’ grows into a small tree with interesting flaking bark, these very early tiny red flowers and stunning autumn foliage.


‘Vanessa’ was named after the Vanessa butterfly genus (Red Admirals, Painted Ladies etc) to highlight its colourful, flame-like autumn leaves

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8 Responses to Wordless Wednesday – January’s Tentacles: Parrotia persica

  1. Chloris says:

    Stunning photographs, it is wonderful to see the flowers close up. I never noticed the hairiness before.

  2. What color! For winter, it’s quite a show off, isn’t it?

  3. Marvellous images, the curious details are so fascinating.

  4. Tina says:

    So beautiful, that color. Red? Carnelian? Ruby? Whatever, it must be very welcome during this dark time of year.

    • They’ve got one planted opposite a Cornus mas at Wimpole, so that you have bright red on one hand and bright limey yellow on the other. You do have to look more closely for the Parrotia though. Brilliant to cheer up the winter though.

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