Notable characteristics: Clear bright coral red blossoms bloom at maturity in a full double form. One of the best true red Chinese tree peonies. No hint of purple in these flowers! Petals have violet-purple flares at their base. This historic cultivar is said to date from the Qing Dynasty.
Cultivar group, hybridizer and year introduced: Central Plains cultivar group, this classical variety originates from the famous peony growing city of Luoyang, in Henan province.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Semi-spreading habit, grows to 3' tall and 4' wide. Relatively slow growing.
Flower form and size: Lotus to double form, to 7'. Begins blooming at an early age.
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: 2 year old tree peonies have 1-2 woody stems with a well developed root system. This size plant will most likely flower its second spring in the ground.