Island Brocade, Japanese tree peony
Name in Japanese and romaji: 島錦 Shima-nishiki
Notable characteristics: Blossoms are variegated striped red and light pink. The striping has no fixed pattern, some years red can predominate, while in other years the pink will be more prominent. Flowers held upright, well above the foliage. Deer resistant. Herbicide, pesticide, and fungicide free. Grown in Connecticut.
Area of origin: This cultivar is the result of a bud mutation which occurred on a specimen of 'The Sun' in 1974. This cultivar originates from Daikon Island. This volcanic island is in the middle of a brackish lake in Shimane prefecture along the southwest coast of Japan. With its rich soils, Daikon Island is known in Japan for its high quality agricultural and horticultural products. Aside from its tree peonies, Daikon is also very famous for its radishes.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Upright growth habit. Vigorous grower, to 4' tall and 3.5' wide.
Flower form and size: Full and somewhat ruffled, semi-double, 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: 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 first or second spring in the ground.
When we ship: Order now for FALL 2017 shipping. 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.