Ancient Red, Chinese tree peony
Name in Chinese and pin yin: 種生紅 Zhong Sheng Hong
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. Deer resistant. Herbicide, pesticide, and fungicide free. Grown in Connecticut.
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: 1 year old tree peonies have at least 1 woody stem and a proportional root system. This size plant will most likely flower its second spring in the ground.
When we ship: Order now for FALL 2017 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.