The trees at Keele

We have over 150 species of tree on campus, not counting the 240 species and varieties of Flowering Cherry! Amongst them are many of our common native species as well as some more unusual ones. So, if you can't tell a Beech from a Birch or just want to know a bit more about them then read on!

Persian Ironwood Parrotia persica 'Vanessa'


Persian Ironwood

This is a tree from the eastern Caucasus and northern Iran. Its genus name commemorates the German surgeon, explorer and naturalist  F.W. Parrot. The tree has been in cultivation since 1840 and is grown more for its autumn colours than its shape, which can be a bit "untidy". It can be a useful garden tree as it grows slowly and of course has reliable autumn colours.


  • Two in Union Square by the car-park. Planted in 2012.