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Assessing winter bud damage on tree peonies

As our tree peonies begin to wake up for the spring, we are seeing more flower and leaf bud damage than usual. The damage is most acute on the earliest blooming varieties of Chinese tree peonies. This freeze damage was caused by the few days of very low temperatures (-10° F) we experienced over the Valentines Day weekend. Fully dormant tree peony buds are hardy to temperatures below this low. Last fall's extraordinarily warm weather caused the buds on many of the early blooming tree peonies to break dormancy in December and thus be vulnerable to freeze damage. Lucky, the vast majority of our tree peonies remained dormant throughout the winter and appear the be leafing out normally now. We do not...

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Please be patient with us as we work out the kinks of this new site. The 'Learn' section will be greatly expanded over the course of this spring and summer. Should you have any questions, email us at

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