Black Swan, Chinese rockii tree peony
Black Swan rockii Chinese tree peony
Name in pin yin: Hei Tian E
Notable characteristics: Deep red black blossoms with a deep fragrance. Blooms well at an early age, though flowers will first appear in a light semi-double form before blossoming in a full double form.
Hybridizer: Chen Dezhong of the Peace Peony Garden in Lanzhou, Gansu province, China between 1986 and 1992.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Upright, flowers held well above the foliage. Grows to 5' tall and 5' wide.
Flower form and size: Double, 8-10". Will bloom in the lotus form when young.
Flower fragrance: Intense spicy-sweet.
Bloom time: Mid-season rockii, blooms in our USDA zone 6a garden in the last week of May and first week of June.
Zone hardiness: Proven in USDA zones 4-9. P. rockii cultivars are particularly drought resistant once established. We have had reports from gardeners in Texas that this variety has grown and bloomed well during the last two years of extreme drought and heat.
Plant size: 1 year old tree peonies have 1 woody stem with a proportional root system. This size plant will most likely flower its first or second spring in the ground.
When we ship: Sold out for 2016, please check back in January, 2017.