Phoenix White, 8 yr. old Chinese tree peony, standard form
Name in Chinese and pin yin: 鳳丹白 Feng Dan Bai
Notable characteristics: Flowers float like silk on top of the leaves. This is a cultivated variety of the wild species tree peony Paeonia ostii. Planted in shadier areas it will still grow and flower well. Phoenix White has been grown for at least 500 years in central China. The roots of this tree peony are used in traditional Chinese medicine. They possess "yin" qualities and are used in combination with other herbs to treat a range of maladies.
Place of origin: Ancient variety from Tongling County in Anhui Province, China.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Erect, reaches 5'. Very strong and fast growing.
Flower form and size: Single, 8-9".
Flower fragrance: Dense, sweet.
Bloom time: Early season Chinese 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: This is a unique 8 yr. specimen which has been trained to the classic standard topiary form, with a long straight trunk and a multitude of flowering branches above. Perfect for a formal garden where a less disciplined tree peony might be out of place. This specimen now measures 4' 4'' tall with a branched spread of 2' 6''. The branching begins 2' up the trunk.
When we ship: Sold out for 2016, please check back in January, 2017.