Smiling in the Thicket, Chinese tree peony
Smiling in the Thicket, Chinese tree peony
Smiling in the Thicket, Chinese tree peony

Smiling in the Thicket, Chinese tree peony

$ 99.00

Name in Chinese and pin yin: 苁中笑 Cong Zhong Xiao

Notable characteristics: Bright coral pink, fragrant flowers with darker flares at the base of the petals. Dark pink veining on translucent petals. Very vigorous grower.

The flowers on this variety are somewhat hidden in the foliage. Though many modern plant breeders and gardeners might see this as a defect, some classical varieties of Chinese tree peonies were selected precisely because of this characteristic. The very evocative name of this tree peony says it all. The flowers wink and smile at you from amidst the foliage with an allure so inviting and beguiling that one is compelled to follow them into the thicket.

Cultivar group, area of origin: Central Plains cultivar group, Zhaolou peony garden, Heze, 1965. 

Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Lower growing spreading habit, to 2.5' tall and 3' wide.

Flower form and size: Semi double blossoms, 5-7".

Flower fragrance: Spicy sweet.

Bloom time: Early season Chinese tree peony peony, blooms in our USDA zone 6a garden in the second week of May.

Zone hardiness: Proven is USDA zones 4-9.

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 first or second spring in the ground.

When we ship: FALL 2019.

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.

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