Cricket Hill Garden
Paeonia, 'Perfection' hybrid tree peony
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Notable characteristics: Rose red semi-double with generously ruffled petals. Blossoms face upwards and are well supported on strong stems. Mid- to late season bloomer.
Parentage is unknown, but the seed came from famed US breeder Bill Seidl in the early 1990s. It was grown out, selected and named by Jane and Trevor Sutherland of Southern Charm Paeonies in Timaru, New Zealand in 2001.
Cultivar group, hybridizer and year introduced: Advanced generation P. lutea hybrid, Irvine/Southerland , 2001
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Mounded, to 3' tall and 3' wide.
Flower form and size: Semi-double, 7". Flowers are well displayed on top of foliage.
Flower fragrance: Sweet.
Bloom time: Late-season hybrid tree peony, blooms in our USDA zone 6a garden in the first week of June.
Zone hardiness: Proven in USDA zones 4-9.
Plant size: 1 year old grafted tree peonies have 1 woody stem, with offshoot buds, and a graft root. The plant may or may not have some of its own roots already developed. This one may bloom its first spring in the ground, or will wait until the second spring.