Cricket Hill Garden
Oriental Gold, intersectional 'Itoh' peony
Notable characteristics: Golden yellow semi-double blossoms with strawberry red flares at the base of the petals. Petals are somewhat frilled on the edges. Vigorous grower with a upright and spreading habit.
This rare peony was one of the first intersectional hybrids produced in Japan and subsequently imported into the United States in the early 1970s. Though its origins are somewhat murky, this cultivar preforms well in the garden.
Hybridizer, year introduced: Hybridized by either Tochi Ito or Yugen Higuchi, in the late 1940s or 1950s in Japan. Introduced to the United States by Louis Smirnow of Long Island, NY in the early 1970s.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Low growing with dense foliage. Grows to 3' tall and 4' wide.
Flower form and size: Semi-double, 7-9".
Flower fragrance: Light and lemony.
Bloom time: Late season intersectional peony, blooms in our USDA zone 6a garden in the first or second week of June.
Zone hardiness: Proven in USDA zones 4-9.
Plant size: 4-5 'eyes' or buds with proportional roots. This size plant will most likely flower in its first or second spring in the ground.
When we ship: Available for Fall 2021 shipping only. We operate like a CSA (community supported agriculture) where payment in received in advance of the harvest, and the produce is reserved for the customer. Our produce is our nursery stock, which can only be harvested in the fall, when the current season's growth is complete.
About us: Cricket Hill Garden is a family owned and operated nursery founded in 1989 and based in Connecticut. We propagate and grow the vast majority of the plants we sell. Most garden centers and nurseries do the opposite of this, 'buying in' and reselling most plants they offer. Growing our own stock allows us to offer the rare and unusual plants we sell as well as provide the highest quality plants to the discerning gardener. We do not use synthetic herbicides, pesticides or fungicides in our nursery production.