Cricket Hill Garden
Paeonia rockii, 'Glorious Journey' Chinese rockii tree peony
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Name in Chinese and pin yin: 光輝歷程 Guang Hui Li Cheng
Notable characteristics: Bold, open single form 7-8" flowers in a striking shade of purple-violet. Deep black maroon flares at the base petals are very prominent. Upright habit, grows to 5' tall and 4' wide.
Cultivar group, hybridizer: Northwestern (Gansu) cultivar group, Chen Dezhong, 1986.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Upright and semi-spreading, grows to 5' tall and 4' wide.
Flower form and size: Single, 7-8".
Flower fragrance: Sweet.
Bloom time: Late season rockii 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 grafted tree peonies have 1 woody stem, with offshoot buds, and a graft root. The plant may or may not have some of its own roots already developed. This one may bloom its first spring in the ground, or will wait until the second spring.