Persian Ironwood - Parrotia
The Persian ironwood (Parrotia persica) originates from a region in present-day Iran as its botanical name "persica" implies. This small, drought-tolerant tree transforms into a brilliant red and orange colour spectacle in autumn. The Persian ironwood often features multiple trunks and develops an attractive exfoliating bark on older trunks. Its wood has an extremely high density causing it sinks in water, hence the name ironwood.