Sweet Green Ball, Chinese tree peony
Name in Chinese and pin yin: 綠香球 Lv Xiang Qiu
Notable characteristics: Large buds unfurl into tight blossoms with light chartreuse green petals. Over the next few days, blossoms open into their final form; light pink crown from double flowers. Very fragrant. Vigorous grower. Deer resistant. Herbicide, pesticide, and fungicide free. Grown in Connecticut.
Cultivar group, hybridizer and year introduced: Central Plains cultivar group, bred by the Zhaolou Peony Garden, Heze, 1975.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Upright and semi-spreading habit, grows to 3' tall and 4' wide.
Flower form and size: Large crown form double blossoms, to 8''.
Flower fragrance: Spicy-sweet, very strong.
Bloom time: Late season Chinese tree peony, in our USDA zone 6A garden, blooms in the last week of May.
Zone hardiness: Proven in 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 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.