Notable characteristics: A Chinese tree peony in the classic form, with enormous and very fragrant double blossoms. These flowers invite you to luxuriate in their soft petals and deep feminine scent. Vigorous growth and floriferous habit.
Mt. E Mei is located in Sichuan province, in southwestern China. It is one of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China. It is traditionally regarded as the place of enlightenment, of the bodhisattva Samantabhadra (普賢菩薩).
Deer resistant. Herbicide, pesticide, and fungicide free. Grown in Connecticut.
Cultivar group, hybridizer and year introduced: Central Plains cultivar group, Wangcehng Park Peony Garden, Luoyang city, Henan province, 1969.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Spreading, grows to 3' tall and 5' wide.
Flower form and size: Full double, 'thousand petal' blossoms, 10".
Flower fragrance: Spicy-sweet, very intense.
Bloom time: Mid-season Chinese tree peony, blooms in our USDA zone 6a garden in the second week of May.
Zone hardiness: Proven in USDA zones 4-9.
Plant size: 3 year old tree peonies have several woody stems with a proportional root system. This size plant will most likely flower its second spring in the ground.