Red Crown with Jade and Pearls, rockii tree peony
Name in Chinese and pinyin: 紅冠玉珠 Hong Guan Yu Zhu
Notable characteristics: Multi-layered anemone double blossoms, with the distinctive dark purple rockii flair at the base of the guard petals. These rosy, magenta red blossoms are well supported by the stiff stems of this upright growing and vigorous cultivar. Deer resistant. Herbicide, pesticide, and fungicide free. Grown in Connecticut.
Hybridizer, year introduced: Rockii group, this cultivar was hybridized by Chen Dezhong at the Peace Peony Garden in Lanzhou, Gansu province.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Upright habit, to 4.5' tall and 3' wide.
Flower form and size: Anemone form double flowers, 7-9".
Flower fragrance: Sweet, clove-like fragrance.
Bloom time: Mid-season Chinese tree peony, blooms in our USDA zone 6a garden in the third or fourth 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 plant will ship in FALL 2017. 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.