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Otherwise known as Parrotia persica, this stunning tree with good autumn colour and flaking bark, has wood so dense it sinks in water, and was often used in mills for safety reasons.
The distinctive forests of this region include many range-restricted species as Quercus castaneifolia, Zelkova carpinifolia, Parrotia persica, Albizzia julibrissin, Buxus hyrcana, Danaë racemosa, etc.
Parrotia persica, a witch-hazel relative, is a small tree with dramatic autumn color in shades of bronze, crimson, orange and brilliant gold.