Why isn't Parrotia persica planted more?
This doesn't seem to be the most readily available tree nor do I see many folks talking about it.
From what I've found it should be a solid zone 5, but I've seen some sources state zone 4 and even one said zone 3.
They can adapt to alkaline soils and exhibit exceptional drought tolerance and fall color. A well behaved habit with a non invasive root system. Nice foliage and bark to boot.
Multiple cultivars exist of different habits and foliage shades like 'Lamplighter', 'Kew's Weeping', 'Vanessa', 'Burgundy' and 'Persian Lace'.
Am I missing something here or this tree really as good as what is called out online?
I had a really nice 'Vanessa' that croaked last year from all the freezes but have a new one on the way finally.