Dorie's Pink, rockii tree peony
Notable characteristics: This is a rockii tree peony which we bought as a seedling from a grower in China in the 1990's. For years it was unnamed, then in 2009 our friend and distinguished artist, Dorie Petchenko, painted it in our garden. We feel she perfectly captured this tree peony's delicate pink petals and jet flares, so we named it for her.
Paeonia rockii is indigenous to Gansu Province and surrounding areas of northwest China. P. rockii is named for the American botanical explorer, Joseph Rock, who introduced this Chinese tree peony to the West in the 1920s. Since Paeonia rockii first came to the attention of American gardeners ninety years ago, it has been highly prized and sought after, just as it has been in its native land for centuries.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Upright and spreading, flowers held well above the foliage. Grows to 5' tall and 5' wide.
Flower form and size: Lotus or light semi-double, 8-10".
Flower fragrance: Spicy-sweet.
Bloom time: Early 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 strong root system. This size plant will most likely flower its second spring in the ground.
When we ship: This peony can be shipped to USDA zones 4-9 in the FALL 2017. Order and reserve early.