Snow Lotus, Chinese rockii tree peony
Name in Chinese and pin yin: 雪蓮 Xue Lian
Notable characteristics: Iridescent white petals vividly contrast with the deep maroon-black flares and golden stamens. Very floriferous variety. Deer resistant. Herbicide, pesticide, and fungicide free. Grown in Connecticut.
This variety is the cultivated cousin of the wild species tree peony Paeonia rockii which is indigenous to Gansu Province and surrounding areas of northwest China. P. rockii is named for the American botanical explorer, Joseph Rock, who introduced this tree peony to the West in the 1920's. Since this plant first came to the attention of American gardeners ninety years ago, it has been highly prized and sought after, just as it has been in its native land for centuries. This plant is sometimes sold as "Rock's Peony."
Hybridizer, year introduced: Classical cultivar from Gansu Province in Northwest China.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Upright and spreading, flowers held well above the foliage. Grows to 6' tall and 5' wide.
Flower form and size: Lotus or light semi-double, 8-10".
Flower fragrance: Spicy-sweet.
Bloom time: Early season rockii, blooms in our USDA zone 6a garden in the last week of May and first week of June.
Zone hardiness: Proven in USDA zones 4-9. P. rockii cultivars are particularly drought resistant once established. We have had reports from gardeners in Texas that this variety has grown and bloomed well during the last two years of extreme drought and heat.
Plant size: 1 year old tree peonies have 1 woody stem with a strong root system. This size plant will most likely flower its second spring in the ground.
When we ship: Order now for FALL 2017 shipping. 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.