Cricket Hill Garden
Paeonia suffruticosa, 'Flight of Cranes' Japanese tree peony
Name in Japanese and romaji: 島根連鶴 Shimane Renkaku
Notable characteristics: Slightly ruffled silken single form flowers are borne in great profusions on this lower growing Japanese tree peony.
The full name of this tree peony is 'Flight of the Cranes of Shimane Prefecture.' Shimane, located on the southwestern coast of the main island of Japan, has been a famous area of peony production in Japan since the 18th century.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Upright growth habit. Vigorous grower, to 2.5' tall and 2.5' wide.
Flower form and size: Somewhat ruffled, single, 8-10".
Flower fragrance: Light and floral.
Bloom time: Late mid-season tree peony, blooms in our USDA zone 6a garden in the last week of May.
Zone hardiness: USDA zones 4-9.
Plant size: 1 year old grafted tree peonies have 1 woody stem, with offshoot buds, and a graft root. The plant may or may not have some of its own roots already developed. This one may bloom its first spring in the ground, or will wait until the second spring.