An unusual small tree with green leaves in spring and summer which turn a glorious plum purple, red and orange in the autumn time before falling. The bark on an established trees tends to flake over time, leaving a very attractive patchwork of steely grey and white.
Parrotia persica 'Vanessa' has arching branches and a more upright, narrow habit than the classic Parrotia persica and grows to be an eye-catching, small garden tree.
Vanessa is a genus of butterflies which includes Vanessa atlanta, the Red Admiral and Vanessa cardui, the Painted Lady. It is after these colourful butterflies that this cultivar was named, reflecting the myriad of different autumn colours!
Supplied Size: 3L pots (approx 3 years old, 40 - 60 cm tall)
The Parrotia persica 'Vanessa' in our woodland gardens (taken in early October 2010).
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