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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.
Deciduous - mid-green leaves with pointed lobes.
Height - to 2m (6ft)
Spread - 1.5m (5ft)
Medium shrub - Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height - upright shrub. Flowers 20cm (8in) across.
Harmful if eaten - These will give you an upset tummy, so please don't eat any of these.
Additional Features - Pests & Diseases - eelworms, swift moth larvae, viruses, peony grey mould blight (peony wilt), honey fungus.
Place of origin - garden origin. France, 1907. Louis Henry.
Flower Shape - Double - Multi rows of petals, no stamen showing
Is Scented Plant - Scented flowers - very fragrant.
Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil - humus-rich.
to 2m (6ft)