Cricket Hill Garden
Tree Peony 'Island Minister'
Name in Japanese and romaji: 島大臣 Shimadaijin
Notable characteristics: Ruffled semi-double blossoms in the classic 'Botan' color of dark purple-red. Vigorous and floriferous.
Hybridizer and year introduced: This cultivar was selected by Kiyo Ikeuchi (池內清) in 1953 in Shimane.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Upright habit, grows to 4' tall and 4' wide.
Flower form and size: Semi-double blossoms with beautiful symmetry open to 8" wide.
Flower fragrance: Light, spicy-sweet.
Bloom time: Early-season Japanese tree peony, blooms in our USDA zone 6a garden in the last week of May.
Zone hardiness: Proven in USDA zones 4-9.
Plant size: 1 year old tree peonies have 1 heavy woody stem, with offshoot buds, and a well developed root system. Size of plant with foliage the first year is 12-18" tall. Likely to bloom the second year in ground. Potted up into a 1 gallon pot.
Nursery availability: SPRING 2020