Cricket Hill Garden
#1 Scholar's Red, Chinese tree peony
Name in Chinese and pin yin: 妝元紅 Zhuang Yuan Hong
Notable characteristics: Magenta-red double flowers are a classic Chinese form and color. Blossoms are 7-8', often with silvery frosting. Dense, spicy-sweet fragrance. Vigorous grower and easy bloomer.
Cultivar group, area of origin: Central Plains cultivar group, this historical cultivar dates to the Qing Dynasty.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Spreading habit, grows to 3' tall and 3' wide.
Flower form and size: Double form, 7-8".
Flower fragrance: Spicy-sweet.
Bloom time: Mid-season tree peony, blooms in our USDA zone 6a garden in the second or third week of May.
Zone hardiness: Proven is USDA zones 5-9.
Plant size: 1 year old tree peonies have at least 1 woody stem and a proportional root system. This size plant will most likely flower its first or second spring in the ground.
When we ship: Late fall/winter 2020, early spring 2021.