Chromatella, hybrid tree peony
Notable characteristics: Very clear, sulfur-yellow, double blossoms. Tall, upright growing plant. The flowers are not well supported by the stems and droop downwards, and to the side. Best planted on a raised terrace where the blossoms can be appreciated from a lower vantage point.
This historic hybrid tree peony was bred by the famous Lemoine nursery in France. It was imported into Japan in the late 1920s. It is still grown by nurseries there, where it is known as Kinshi (金鵄) or 'Golden Kite', a mythic bird.
Deer resistant. Herbicide, pesticide, and fungicide free. Grown in Connecticut.
Cultivar group, hybridizer and year introduced: Lutea hybrid, Lemoine, 1928.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Upright and spreading, grows to 4.5' tall and 3' wide. Makes a magnificent specimen in the garden.
Flower form and size: Full double, 6-8".
Flower fragrance: Light, sweet, and slightly lemon.
Bloom time: Late-season hybrid tree peony, blooms in our USDA zone 6a garden in the first week of June.
Zone hardiness: Proven in USDA zones 4-9.
Plant size: 1-year-old tree peonies have 1 woody stem and a well developed root system. This one may bloom its first spring in the ground, or will wait until the second spring. Very limited stock, order early.
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.