Date Orchard Red, Chinese rockii tree peony
Name in Chinese and pin yin: 枣園紅 Zao Yuan Hong
Notable characteristics: Vibrant reddish-purple blossoms with a sweet fragrance. Striking centers feature jet black flares, golden stamens, red stigma and ovary. Upright and spreading habit.
Cultivar group, hybridizer and year introduced: rockii, Chen Dezhong of the Peace Peony Garden in Lanzhou, Gansu province, China, 1986.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Upright and spreading habit, to 3' tall and 5' wide.
Flower form and size: Single blossoms to 8".
Flower fragrance: Spicy-sweet.
Bloom time: Mid- 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 peony is only available for FALL 2018 shipping. Order now to reserve! 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.