Murad of Hershey Bar, American tree peony
Notable characteristics: Single deep red blossoms with small flares at the base of the petals. Early blooming. Vigorous and tall growing. This cultivar consistently blooms well from year to year.
Cultivar group, hybridizer and year introduced: P. suffruticosa introduced by William Gratwick of Pavillion, NY in 1986.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Upright and slightly spreading habit, grows to 5' tall and 4' wide.
Flower form and size: Single blossoms are 6-7".
Flower fragrance: Spicy-sweet.
Bloom time: Early-season tree peony, blooms in our USDA zone 6a garden in the second week of May.
Zone hardiness: Proven in USDA zones 4-9.
Plant size: 1 year old tree peonies have 1 woody stems, with offshoot buds, and a well developed root system. 2 yr. plants have multiple stems.
When we ship: FALL 2019.
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.