Name in Chinese and pin yin: 紅光滿面 Hong Guang Man Mian
Notable characteristics: Captivating single blossoms of pure white with the darkest, purple-black flares at the center. Flowers lack stamens, giving them an exotic appearance. Vigorous grower, our oldest specimen of this cultivar is about 12 years old and is now among the tallest and widest of any of the tree peonies planted here at Cricket Hill Garden.
Hybridizer: Chen Fuhui of the Peace Peony Garden in Lanzhou, Gansu province, China, 2003.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Upright and spreading, flowers held well above the foliage. Grows to 6' tall and 6' wide.
Flower form and size: Single to light semi-double, 6-8".
Flower fragrance: Sweet.
Bloom time: LateMid-season tree peony, 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 and a proportional root system. This size plant will most likely flower its second spring in the ground.