Cricket Hill Garden
Colored Painting, Chinese tree peony
Name in Chinese and pin yin: 彩繪 Cai Hui
Notable characteristics: Full double crown form flowers in a beguiling tone of reddish purple. Inner petals are crimped and wrinkled, while the outer guard petals lay flat against the foliage.
Cultivar group, hybridizer and year introduced: Central Plains cultivar group, bred by the Zhaolou Peony Garden, Heze, 1973.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Semi-spreading habit, grows to 2.5' tall and 2.5' wide.
Flower form and size: Full double crown form, to 7'.
Flower fragrance: Spicy-sweet, slight.
Bloom time: Early-season Chinese tree peony, always one of the first tree peonies to open in our USDA zone 6A garden, usually in the second week of May.
Zone hardiness: Proven in USDA zones 4-9.
Plant size: 1 year old tree peonies have one woody stems and a proportional root system. This size plant will flower its first spring in the ground.
When we ship: Order now for FALL 2020 shipping to USDA zones 4-9.
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.