Name in Chinese and pin yin: 粉中冠 Fen Zhong Guan
Notable characteristics: Vigorous grower and prolific bloomer. Light pink flowers are held upright. Striking green petaloids in the center of the flower. Disease tolerant cultivar. Deer resistant. Herbicide, pesticide, and fungicide free. Grown in Connecticut.
Cultivar group, area of origin: Central Plains group, Zhaolou Peony Garden in Heze city, 1973.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Spreading, grows to 3' tall and 3' wide.
Flower form and size: Crown double form, 8".
Flower fragrance: Spicy-sweet.
Bloom time: Early blooming Chinese tree peony, consistently one of the first tree peonies to open in our garden, usually 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: 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.