Tipsy Concubine, Chinese tree peony
Name in Chinese and pin yin: 酒醉貴妃 Jiu Zui Gui Fei
Notable characteristics: Named for one of great beauties of ancient China, the Imperial concubine Yang Gui Fei. Lotus form, dark veined pinkish petals have purple undertones. Pendulous stems bear sidewards facing blossoms with languid petals, symbolic of Concubine Yang's supposed tipsy disarray. This gauzy look was traditionally prized in Chinese esthetics and is depicted in the trailing fins of goldfish as well as in drape of silk clothing. Vigorous grower and profuse bloomer. Deer resistant. Herbicide, pesticide, and fungicide free. Grown in Connecticut.
Cultivar group, area of origin: P. suffruticosa. Classical variety from Luoyang city, Henan province.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Spreading habit. Grows to 2.5' tall and 4' wide.
Flower form and size: Single, 8".
Flower fragrance: Intoxicating, sweet-spicy scent.
Bloom time: Mid-season tree peony, blooms in our USDA zone 6a garden in the second or third 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: This peony is for FALL 2017 shipping only. 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.