White Swallow Tail Flecked with Gold, Chinese rockii tree peony
Name in Chinese and pin yin: 點金白燕尾 Dian Jin Bai Yan Wei
Notable characteristics: The evocative name says it all! Stunning flowers to 8" with a sweet fragrance. Spreading habit, to 4' tall and 4' wide. Deer resistant. Herbicide, pesticide, and fungicide free. Grown in Connecticut.
Cultivar group, hybridizer and year introduced: Rockii group, this cultivar was hybridized by Chen Dezhong of the Peace Peony Garden in Lanzhou, Gansu province, China.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Upright and semi-spreading habit, to 4' tall and 4' wide.
Flower form and size: Anemone double form blossoms, 7-8".
Flower fragrance: Delicate, sweet.
Bloom time: Mid- season Chinese tree peony, blooms in our USDA zone 6a garden in the second week of May. Blooms at least a week before other rockii type tree peonies.
Zone hardiness: Proven in USDA zones 4-9.
Plant size: Mature specimen tree peonies have several woody stems, with side branching, and a well developed root system. These plants have many flower buds set for next season.