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The major types of trees are Persian Ironwood (Parrotia persica), Caucasian Oak (Quercus macranthera), Caucasian Ash (Fraxinus angustifolia subsp.
Their collection of Acers reminded me why they were my dad's favourites and it was lovely to see the more unusual trees, like the Persian ironwood, the Ginkgo Biloba and a Red oak.
Other species which have been planted include Persian ironwood, native to northern Iran, swamp cypress, native to America, and dawn redwoods from China.
A smaller tree is the Persian ironwood (parrotia persica), which grows to eight metres and whose leaves turn to a patchwork of orange, bright red and purple-red in autumn, although it needs acid soil for good leaf colour.
For a startling show of red, amber and gold (followed by tiny red flowers during the winter), the Persian ironwood (Parrotia persica) is wonderful.
For anyone seeking a tree that is a little out of the ordinary, Mick has a few suggestions: "There's the Persian Ironwood Parrotia which has fabulous autumn colour.
For assorted crimson and gold tints on the same tree there is no better than the Persian Ironwood (Parrotia persica).
Plants such as the Persian ironwood, spindles and even some of the maples are already starting to show signs of good autumn colour,' he added.
30am-4pm and you can follow a special family trail around the Old Arboretum to meet the Persian ironwood, known for the range of red, yellow and green leaves it can display all at once.
A smaller tree is the Persian ironwood (Parrotia persica), which grows to 8m and whose leaves turn to a patchwork of orange, bright red and purple-red in autumn, although it needs acid soil for good leaf colour.
BEST FOR: Nature lovers: Ynyshir Hall, Machynlleth, Wales On Cardigan Bay, and set in a beautifully landscaped garden, the 17th century former country lodge of Queen Victoria is hidden among giant redwoods, rhododendron and a Persian ironwood which the Queen planted herself.