Black Panther, American hybrid tree peony
Notable characteristics: The fully double blooms are of the darkest, black-red and are very freely produced. The flowers are held above the foliage and out facing. The foliage is fine and delicately incised, like bamboo leaves or the brush strokes of Chinese calligraphy. This cultivar makes a fine specimen. Deer resistant. Herbicide, pesticide, and fungicide free. Grown in Connecticut.
Cultivar group, hybridizer and year introduced: Lutea hybrid, Saunders, 1948.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Semi-spreading habit, grows to 3' tall and 3' wide. Forms a very attractive mounded shrub.
Flower form and size: Fully double blossoms to 6".
Flower fragrance: Spicy-sweet, slight.
Bloom time: Late season tree peony, blooms in our USDA zone 6a garden in the last week of May or first week of June.
Zone hardiness: Proven in USDA zones 4-9.
Plant size: 1 year old tree peonies have 1 woody stem with a vigorous root system. This size plant will most likely flower its second spring in the ground.
When we ship: This plant will ship in FALL 2018. Order to reserve now! 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.