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. Deer resistant. Herbicide, pesticide, and fungicide free. Grown in Connecticut.
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: This peony is for FALL 2017 shipping only. Order to reserve now! 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.