Cricket Hill Garden
Paeonia suffruticosa, 'Black Dragon Holds a Splendid Flower' Chinese tree peony
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Name in Chinese and pin yin: 烏龍捧盛 Wu Long Peng Sheng
Notable characteristics: On mature blossoms, light cream carpels often appear in striking contrast to the very dark, magenta-pink petals. Highly recommended for beginning a tree peony collection. Very vigorous grower.
Cultivar group, hybridizer and year introduced: Central Plains group, Luoyang city, historical cultivar.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Upright and semi-spreading, grows to 5' tall and 5' wide.
Flower form and size: Semi-double to anemone, 8". Very floriferous cultivar.
Flower fragrance: Spicy-sweet.
Bloom time: Early season Chinese tree peony, blooms in our USDA zone 6a garden in the second week of May.
Zone hardiness: Proven in USDA zones 4-9.
Plant size: 1 year old grafted tree peonies have 1 woody stem, with offshoot buds, and a graft root. The plant may or may not have some of its own roots already developed. This one may bloom its first spring in the ground, or will wait until the second spring.