Cricket Hill Garden
Purple Tower Inlaid with Gold, Chinese rockii tree peony
Name in Chinese and pin yin: 紫樓鑲金 Zi Lou Xiang Jin
Notable characteristics: Dark magenta red blossoms are full crown double form. Golden grains of pollen are interspersed with the dense petals. Rather petite grower for a rockii type, this variety will grow to only 3' tall and wide after 10 years. This cultivar preforms best in a semi-shaded location, flowers will fade quickly in the full sun. Deer resistant. Herbicide, pesticide, and fungicide free. Grown in Connecticut.
Hybridizer: Chen Dezhong of the Peace Peony Garden in Lanzhou, Gansu province between 1993 and 1994.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Upright and spreading, flowers held well above the foliage. Grows to 3' tall and 3' wide.
Flower form and size: Full double, 8-9".
Flower fragrance: Dense, spicy-sweet.
Bloom time: Mid-season rockii, blooms in our USDA zone 6a garden in the first week of June.
Zone hardiness: Proven in USDA zones 4-9. P. rockii cultivars are particularly drought resistant once established.
Plant size: 1 year old tree peonies have 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: Order now for FALL 2020 shipping. 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.