Fairy Maiden of Mt. E Mei, Chinese tree peony
Name in Chinese and pin yin: 峨眉仙子 E Mei Xian Zi
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: 1 year old tree peonies have 1 woody stem with a proportional root system. This size plant will most likely flower its second spring in the ground.
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.