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Commonly known as Moutan, 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.
DeciduousMid-green leaves with pointed lobes.
HeightTo 2m (6ft)
Medium shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in heightUpright shrub. Flowers 20cm (8in) across.
Additional FeaturesPests & DiseasesEelworms, swift moth larvae, viruses, peony grey mould blight (peony wilt), honey fungus.Place of originGarden origin. France, 1907. Louis Henry.
Flower ShapeDoubleMulti rows of petals, no stamen showing
Scented PlantsScented flowersVery fragrant.
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soilHumus-rich.
Toxic - Category CSkin irritant(May be a skin irritant to pets)
to 2m (6ft)
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