L'Esperance, hybrid tree peony
Notable characteristics: Waved petals are light amber-yellow, with a spot of carmine at the base. The edges of the petals are tinted pink. A large tassel of golden stamens in the center. A very vigorous, compact plant, good for smaller gardens.
This is a beautiful, historic peony, with more than a hundred year history. 'L'Esperance' was one of the first yellow tree peonies to be bred in France by Victor Lemoine at his famous nursery in Lorraine. The second photo shows it in a formal setting at the UK National Trust’s Hidcote Garden, in Gloucestershire. This tree peony was imported into Japan soon after it was introduced in France. There it is known as 金帝 or 'Golden Emperor.'
Cultivar group, hybridizer and year introduced: P. lutea hybrid, Lemoine, France 1909.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Compact grower, to 2.5' tall and 3' wide.
Flower form and size: Elegant single blossoms, 8".
Flower fragrance: Light, sweet, lemon scent.
Bloom time: Late-season hybrid tree peony, blooms in our USDA zone 6a garden in very late May to June.
Zone hardiness: Proven in USDA zones 4-9.
Plant size: 1 year old tree peonies have 1 woody stem, with offshoot buds, and a well developed root system. This one may bloom its first spring in the ground, or will wait until the second spring.
When we ship: Reserve for SPRING 2019 shipping to all USDA zone 4-8. USDA ZONE 9 CAN SHIP DEC.-FEB. for planting in cool weather.
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.