On Thursday 15 March 2016, ACT Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Ms Yvette Berry MLA, joined His Excellency Dr Mohammad Javad Zarif, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Islamic Republic of Iran to plant a Persian ironwood (Parrotia persica) in the Central Valley of the National Arboretum Canberra.
The Persian ironwood is a small to medium sized deciduous tree with attractive pinkish brown bark. It has a spectacular autumn show of brilliant yellow, orange and red leaves. The Persian ironwood joins over 40 other rare and symbolic trees planted by Australian and international dignitaries and public figures.
Ceremonial trees planted from around the world
The National Arboretum Canberra is home to over 44,000 trees from more than one hundred nations. Many Australian and international leaders and public figures have planted ceremonial trees at the National Arboretum, including Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; His Excellency
Jose Ramos-Horta, President of the Republic of Timor-Leste; renowned Australian author, Mr Thomas Keneally and Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.
Through ceremonial tree plantings and other special events, the National Arboretum Canberra builds partnerships with local, national and international organisations, individuals and communities to further its role in global tree conservation and research.