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Vanessa Persian Parrotia
Vanessa Persian Parrotia
Vanessa Persian Parrotia
Vanessa Persian Parrotia
Vanessa Persian Parrotia
Vanessa Persian Parrotia
Vanessa Persian Parrotia
Vanessa Persian Parrotia

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Mature Height: 20-40' tall
  • Mature Width: 10-20' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Light Shade
  • Spacing: 15-40' apart



  • In early spring, leaves unfurl purple, turning shining green, then into shades of yellow, orange and red for fall color
  • Late winter to early spring, unique bracts of red flowers bloom
  • Upright form with exfoliating bark
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box

Vanessa Persian Parrotia

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Parrotia persica 'Vanessa'

Regular price $775.00
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Why the Vanessa Persian Parrotia?

Fall foliage fiesta! If you’re a fall color fanatic, then Vanessa Persian Parrotia is the tree for you. This uncommon ornamental tree will put on quite a show for you, turning rosy red, orange, gold, and sometimes purple over a long period. The leaves are striking in spring, too, emerging lime-green with a decorative maroon margin. Vanessa is a columnar selection that’s easier to integrate into smaller landscapes than the typical Parrotia. We grow Vanessa as a single-trunked tree. You can use it as a leafy seasonal privacy screen, or “limb up” the branches to expose more of the bark, which exfoliates in charming patchwork patterns with age.

You might assume that Parrotia was given its name because its fall foliage can be as colorful as a parrot’s feathers. However, that’s not the case. It was named after Johann Jacob Friedrich Wilhelm Parrot, an explorer in the region where Persian Parrotia was discovered (northern Iran). Even though Parrotia is a fantastic tree, it has remained rather obscure, and few introductions have been made. Vanessa is one of those few special selections, made in the Netherlands in 1975. It was named after the Painted Lady butterfly, whose scientific name is Vanessa cardui.

How to use in the landscape?

Vanessa Persian Parrotia is somewhat of a connoisseur tree, but there’s no reason for such a marvelous tree to be such a well-kept secret! It’s easy to grow and should be planted more often. In fact, it’s so tough that the Society of Municipal Arborists voted it their 2014 Urban Tree of the Year.

Why Bower & Branch?

At Bower & Branch, it’s our job to know and grow trees… especially big trees.

- Trusted, Experienced Growers

- Trusted, Knowledgeable Expertise

- Trusted Brand of Quality Trees Across the United States

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We never rush our trees to reach a ‘grade size.’ Our trees are grown for quality height, vigor, health and age.We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.

Growth Facts

    Hardiness Zone: 5-8

    Mature Height: 20-40' tall

    Mature Width: 10-20' wide

    Exposure: Full Sun/Light Shade

    Spacing: 15-40' apart

How To Plant

Siting your Vanessa Persian Parrotia in full sun will encourage the brightest colors in its fall foliage, but this tree will grow happily in part shade as well. Plant it in any soil with decent drainage. Regular irrigation is important during the first year or two of establishment; our Elements™ Watering System will help you deliver the right amount of moisture. Feed with Elements™ Fertilizer for optimum growth. Remove any suckers that may appear at the base of the plant. Pests and diseases rarely affect Vanessa Persian Parrotia, although Japanese beetles can occasionally be a problem where populations are intense.

How To Water

Water twice weekly for the first 3-5 weeks; then water weekly for the remainder of the year until winter. When you water, water slowly and thoroughly. Watering needs may be altered due to extreme weather conditions.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late year. Continue this for three years to get your plant well established.

How To Prune

Prune in late winter when needed.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 5-8

How Does Shipping Work?

Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our large trees require expert delivery and care, that means our large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care.

We deliver your trees and plants directly to your driveway or curbside! Ask Bower & Branch about planting services and rates – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

*Big trees, Size XL (A) and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 4 weeks days to be delivered. - Sizes large (AA) and smaller (Treelings) will be shipped directly to your home by a local common carrier in a plant-safe box.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

Our Guarantees


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Bower & Branch offers a Three-Year Tree Guarantee on all of our trees, sizes X-Large (A) and up. Only the finest and the most experienced growers are awarded the opportunity to grow for Bower & Branch, so we offer the best guarantee available.

If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.

Bower & Branch provides online gift cards in the amount of the original purchase price of the tree(s). The amount does not include any additional costs such as delivery, planting, tax, or any other products or services. Online gift cards can be applied towards any Bower & Branch purchase on and have no expiration dates. Bower & Branch does not guarantee tree replacement or availability of any desired product at any time. Cash refunds are not offered. Bower & Branch requires that all original tags and receipts are present when a guarantee request is initiated. The Bower & Branch Three-Year Guarantee only applies to plant material that has been planted in the ground. Container plantings are NOT covered.

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