Cricket Hill Garden
Paeonia suffruticosa, 'Dancing Kagura Lion' Japanese tree peony
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Name in Japanese & romaji: 神樂獅子 Kagurajishi
Notable characteristics: Reddish pink blossoms are neatly displayed above the foliage. The inner petals of the flowers are asymmetrical (shishizaki), a trait for which some Japanese tree peonies are selected. Beautiful long leaves.
This peony is named after the lion dance preformed as part of the Kagura, a form of Shinto theatrical dance.
Growth habit and size at maturity : Upright and semi-spreading, grows to 3' tall and 3' wide.
Flower form and size: Heavy semi-double to full double blossoms to 8-9".
Flower fragrance: Spicy-sweet, slight.
Bloom time: Mid-season Japanese tree peony, blooms in our USDA zone 6a garden in the third week of May.
Zone hardiness: Proven in USDA zones 4-9.
Plant size: 1 year old tree peonies have 1 woody stem and a proportional root system. This size plant will most likely flower its second spring in the ground.