Cricket Hill Garden
Phoenix Hairpin, Chinese rockii tree peony
Name in Chinese and pin yin: 釵頭風 Chai Tou Feng
Notable characteristics: Distinctive purple-magenta blossoms in a unique anemone double form. Extremely fragrant. Foliage is finely cut, making an elegant display even after the bloom. Rockii tree peonies are native to Gansu Province, in northwestern China and are extremely tolerant to a wide temperature range. Summers in Gansu can reach 100 degrees easily, and winters are below zero. In Connecticut, we have found rockii hybrids to be some of our favorite tree peonies.
Hybridizer, year introduced: Northwest cultivar group (Gansu) rockii Chinese tree peony, Chen Dezhong of the Peace Peony Garden outside of the city of Lanzhou in Gansu Province.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Upright and semi-spreading habit, reaches 5' tall and 5' wide.
Flower form and size: Anemone double, 6-7". Held well on the shrub.
Flower fragrance: Spicy-sweet, dense.
Bloom time: Late-season Chinese tree peony, blooms in our USDA zone 6a garden in the second to the third week of May.
Zone hardiness: Proven in USDA zones 4-9. P. rockii cultivars are particularly drought resistant once established.
Plant size: 1 year old tree peonies have at least 1 woody stem and a proportional root system. This size plant will most likely flower its second spring in the ground.
When we ship: FALL 2022. Ordering for this tree peony will open in MAY 2022. If you would like an email notification for when this tree peony is back in stock, please sign up with the button below.