Persian Iron Wood

A new planting, spotted hidden away in a playpark behind the tennis courts, just as it was about to lose its first leaves. This one is going to be stunning if it survives the relentless December rain.

 Parrotia persica Vanessa, the label says. Beautiful plumage.

Update: it did survive the rain. Here's the new leaves in May 2016, lush and rich green

with a distinctive purple edge

Eventually, when mature, the tree will have lovely peeling bark in a mosaic of shades.