Monday, April 20, 2009

Car Trunk Trees: Parrotia persecia (Persian Parrotia)

Here is another exciting installment of our Car Trunk Cars series. We are profiling some amazing trees, all of which we have in stock right now (in small 2 gallon containers, which will fit in the trunk of your car)!

And now is the perfect time to plant a tree. Arbor Day is one week away!

Parrotia persecia (Persian Parrotia)

Why we love it: Fireworks from spring to fall, plus stunning exfoliating bark.

Hardiness Zones: 4 to 8
Height: 20 ft to 40 ft Spread: 15 ft to 30 ft
ascending branches
Type: deciduous tree
Annual Growth Rate: 6 to 12 inches
Flowers: Maroon Blooms Late March

Prefers full sun to partial shade. Likes acidic soil and is drought tolerant. Does not like wet feet. Flowers appear before the leaves in very early spring. Leaves emerge purple-bronze and then mature to a deep green. Unbelievable fall color: purple, orange, umber, and yellow.
A great cool region tree with brown, gray, green, and cream exfoliating bark that stands out in a winter garden.

This tree is a true individual. It can be trained to grow with one trunk, or it can have many stems. It is in the Witch hazel family, and blooms at the same time as many witch hazel varieties. A garden star all year long.

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Car trunk trees are what we are calling young trees in 2 to 3 gallon pots, small enough to bring home in the trunk of your car. There are many advantages to planting trees on your property: They can provide shade in the summer (trees can help keep your your house cool), trees absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen (cleaning the air and fighting global warming), well-chosen trees add value to your home.

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