Cricket Hill Garden
Snow Lotus on Icy Mountain, Chinese rockii tree peony
Name in Chinese and pin yin: 冰山雪蓮 Bing Shan Xue Lian
Notable characteristics: Large, iridescent white petals vividly contrast with the deep maroon-black flares and golden stamens. Very floriferous variety. Excellent grower, highly recommended. Deer resistant. Herbicide, pesticide, and fungicide free. Grown in Connecticut.
Hybridizer, year introduced: Chen Dezhong of the Peony Peace Garden, Lanzhou, China between 1986-1992.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Upright flowers held well above the foliage. Grows to 4' tall and 3' wide.
Flower form and size: Lotus single, 8-10".
Flower fragrance: Spicy-sweet.
Bloom time: Early season rockii, blooms in our USDA zone 6a garden in the last week of May and first week of June.
Zone hardiness: Proven in USDA zones 4-9. P. rockii cultivars are particularly drought resistant once established. We have had reports from gardeners in Texas that this variety has grown and bloomed well during the last two years of extreme drought and heat.
Plant size: 1 year old tree peonies have 1 woody stem with a strong root system. This size plant will most likely flower its 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.