Notable characteristics: This is a beautiful flower, one of our visitors' favorites! This peony is known as an intersectional, or "Itoh"' which is a cross between a tree and a herbaceous peony. It will grow in full sun, or 5-6 hours of sun, in well-drained soil.The flowers are large, opening a deep rose, changing to peach and ending a pale yellow color. Size is 7-8 inches in diameter, with a light, sweet fragrance. It is a fast growing plant, height to about 34 inches tall and spreading to 36 inches wide. Deer resistant.
It is still rare and not widely sold. It was hybridized by Roger Anderson in the U.S. and we think it is a prize to add to a peony collection.
Hybridizer, year introduced: Roger Anderson, 1986.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Upright and symmetrical, flowers held well above the foliage. Grows to 3' tall and 3' wide.
Flower form and size: Numerous heavy semi-double to double, 7-8".
Flower fragrance: Light and lemony.
Bloom time: Late season intersectional peony, blooms in our USDA zone 6a garden in the first or second week of June.
Zone hardiness: Proven in USDA zones 4-9.
Plant size: 4-5 'eyes' or buds with proportional roots. This size plant will most likely flower in its first or second spring in the ground.
When we ship: Can ship now to USDA zones 8 & 9. Zones 4-7 ship in early spring, 2017.
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.