Ann Marie, hybrid tree peony
Notable characteristics: Orchid-lavender petals are accented by dark burgundy central flares. Large, matte green, foliage is similar to that of many hybrid tree peonies. Deer resistant. Herbicide, pesticide, and fungicide free. Grown in Connecticut.
Bill Seidl of Manitowoc, Wisconsin was a prolific breeder of hybrid peonies. 'Ann Marie' is unique in that both its parents were yellow peonies. Bill thought so highly of this plant that he named it after his mother. This cultivar readily sets seeds when hand pollinated and is of particular interest for future tree peony breeding.
Cultivar group, hybridizer and year introduced: P. lutea hybrid, Seidl, 1984.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Semi-spreading and upright grower, to 3' tall and 4' wide.
Flower form and size: Single, 6-7". Flowers are well displayed on top of foliage.
Flower fragrance: Light.
Bloom time: Mid-season hybrid tree peony, blooms in our USDA zone 6a garden in the last week of May.
Zone hardiness: Proven in USDA zones 4-9.
Plant size: 1 year old tree peonies have 1 woody stem, with offshoot buds, and a well developed root system. This one may bloom its first spring in the ground, or will wait until the second spring.
When we ship: This plant will ship in FALL 2017. 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.