Persian Ironwood is a small, single trunk, deciduous tree that will eventually grow 20-40' tall (growing to 10 ft in just 7-8 years). Large, multi-stemmed shrubs will grow to 15 ft tall. Flowers (Apetalous- meaning a flower without any petals) are dense with red stamens surrounded by brownish bracts that will appear in late winter to early spring before the foliage. Flowers are attractive up close but are generally considered insignificant. Oval leaves (4" long) will emerge reddish-purple in spring, maturing to a shiny, medium-dark green in summer and changes to shades of red, orange and yellow in fall. Bark of mature trees peels away to show its green, white or tan patches beneath that provides winter interest.