Native to Iran. Slow growing to 15–35 ft. tall and wide; naturally multistemmed but can be trained to a single trunk. Oval, 3–6-in.-long leaves have wavy margins; the upper half is shallowly toothed. Choice, colorful tree, attractive in all seasons. The most dramatic display comes in autumn: leaves usually turn golden yellow, then orange or rosy pink, and finally scarlet. Smooth gray bark flakes off to reveal white patches; showy when on display in winter. Dense clusters of tiny flowers with red stamens and woolly brown bracts appear in late winter or early spring before leaves open; they give the plant an overall reddish haze. New foliage unfurls reddish purple, matures to lustrous dark green. Prefers slightly acid soil but tolerates alkaline soil.
These are striking big-leafed plants if you have the water to sustain them. The large leaves arise dir...
To 6 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide. Olive green foliage. Lilac-pink flowers come midseason to late. Tolerates b...
Lower than the species (8 in. high), with larger flowers.