Twin Beauty, Chinese tree peony
Name in Chinese and pin yin: 二喬 Er Qiao
Notable characteristics: Depending on the year an soil conditions, flowers may bloom in variegated red and pink, all red or all pink on the same plant. The possible color variations make this cultivar highly valued by collectors.
This historical cultivar is named after the Qiao sisters in the historic epic, Romance of the Three Kingdoms. The two beautiful sisters were said to be "beauties whose faces would make fish forget to swim or birds to fly, abash the very blossoms and outshine the moon." The warlord general Cao Cao coveted their affection and sought to capture them in order to place them in his Bronze Bird Tower; this intrigue was one of the main causes of the Battle of the Red Cliffs in 208-09 CE.
Cultivar group, area of origin: Central Plains cultivar group, this historical cultivar originates from Luoyang city, Henan Province in China.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Slightly spreading, grows to 3' tall and 3' wide.
Flower form and size: Heavy semi-double, 7"
Flower fragrance: Delicate, spicy-sweet.
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: 2 year old tree peonies have at least 2 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 2016 shipping. Order to reserve now!