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Commonly known as Tree paeony
Genus of about 30 species of clump-forming herbaceous perennials, and deciduous and sometimes suckering subshrubs known generally as tree peonies. These have woody stems with lax branches with some species reaching 2.5m (8ft) in height. Herbaceous peonies have attractive large dissected leaves and flowers are large, sometimes very showy and fragrant in some varieties though the flowering period, in early summer, is short-lived at 7-10 days. Outrageously beautiful is a description commonly applied. Although said to resent disturbance, careful handling should not cause a setback.
Deciduous2-pinnate, dark-green leaves, the leaflets deeply cut into pointed lobes.
Medium shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in heightUpright, sparsely branched shrub. Horizontal to nodding flowers have conspicuous leafy bracts beneath
Hardy - cold winterHardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
Full sunShelter from cold, drying winds
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Additional FeaturesPests & DiseasesEelworms, viruses, peony grey mould blight (peony wilt), honey fungus.Place of originChina.
Flower ShapeSaucer-shaped5-6cm (2-2½in) across.SingleRow of petals round conspicuous stamens - no more than 8 petals
Soil ConditionsAlkaline / Chalk lovingFertile moist well-drained soilHumus-rich
Toxic - Category CSkin irritant(May be a skin irritant to pets)
WildlifeBee friendlyRabbit Resistant
Buy Varieties of PAEONIA
(lutea var ludowii) - single yellow tree paeony
rosy pink double
rose with yellow stamens
perennial herbaceous peony, varying in colour from white, pink to yellow
creamy-white double yellow heart
fragrant double magenta flowers.
Molly the Witch - blue-green leaves and single yellow flowers
pink double with silvery margins
large white single