Blue Sapphire, Chinese tree peony
Name in Chinese & pin yin: 藍寶石 Lan Bao Shi
Notable characteristics: Flowers open with a soft purple, pearlescent, luminosity. The petals change to soft white, with purple-magenta flares at the center. Fast growing cultivar. Semi-dwarf tree peony, ideal for smaller gardens. Deer resistant. Herbicide, pesticide, and fungicide free. Grown in Connecticut.
Hybridizer, year introduced: Zhaolou Peony Garden, 1975.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Grows to 2.5' tall and 3' wide.
Flower form and size: Semi-double to anemone, 7-8".
Flower fragrance: Delicate and sweet.
Bloom time: Early-season tree peony, blooms in our USDA zone 6a garden in the second week of May.
Zone hardiness: Proven in USDA zones 4-9.
Plant size: 3 year old tree peonies have 3-4 or more woody stems, with a well developed root system. Size of plant with foliage the first year is 18-22" tall. This size plant may have smaller flowers the first year. Full size flowers will most likely develop its second spring in the ground.
2-year-old will have 2 or more woody stems and will likely bloom the second spring in the ground.
1-year-old will have 1 woody stem and a proportional root system and will likely bloom the second spring in the ground.
When we ship: Reserve for SPRING 2019 shipping to all USDA zone 4-8. USDA ZONE 9 CAN SHIP DEC.-FEB. for planting in cool weather.
Potted stock on this plant is available at the nursery for pickup this spring. Sorry, we do not ship potted plants.
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.