Black Swan, Chinese rockii 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. Herbicide, pesticide, and fungicide free. Grown in Connecticut.
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: This plant will ship in FALL 2017. 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.