Persian Spire Parrotia

Parrotia persica 'JL Columnar'

A strongly upright form of the species that has finer texture yet is quite durable. From its exfoliating gray and tan bark to its remarkable kaleidoscope of leaf color, this tree provides beauty all year long.

Power Line Approved: Yes

Min. street tree planting width: 5 feet

Mature Height: 25 feet

Mature Spread: 10 feet

Tree Shape: Upright, columnar

Where to Plant:
Works well in smaller planting strips or a tight yard space.

Finer and narrower than the species. Emerge tinged in purple, they turn lustrous green in summer before turning to variable shades of yellow, orange, burgundy, and red in fall.

Small, with brown bracts and showy red stamens.

Preferred Site Conditions:
Full sun in medium moisture, well-drained soil. Adaptable to a variety of moisture and soil conditions.

Potential Problems:
No serious insect or disease problems.

Minimum Planting Distances:

  • 15 feet from house or building
  • 3 ½ feet back from the face of the curb
  • 5 feet from underground utility lines
  • 10 feet from power poles
  • 7 ½ feet from driveways (10 feet recommended)
  • 20 feet from street lights and other existing trees
  • 30 feet from street intersections

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