L'Esperance, hybrid tree peony
Notable characteristics: Waved petals are pale, 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 grower, given the right conditions.
'L'Esperance' was one of the first yellow tree peonies to be bred by the great Victor Lemoine at his famous nursery in Lorraine. 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 4' wide.
Flower form and size: Elegant single blossoms, 8".
Flower fragrance: Slight, sweet, lemon scent.
Bloom time: Late-season hybrid tree 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: 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: This plant will ship in FALL 2017.