Tree Peony is loved by everyone who has ever seen it in bloom. This beauty is actually a woody-stemmed deciduous shrub, not a tree. The mature shrub produces many huge 6-10” long-lasting silken blooms which delight the eye. It is slow growing and performs best in partial shade since the flowers tend to fade in full sun. The showy flowers are two to three times as large as regular peony, and in most climates the plant does not die down to the ground each winter like its herbaceous cousins. Medium green foliage is deeply divided into oval to lance-shaped leaflets and remains attractive throughout the growing season.
Tree Peony prefers evenly moist, well-drained soil with a pH close to neutral. It usually takes 2 - 3 years to become established and bloom heavily. In a mild climate, a tree peony will reach 4-5’ is several years. In very cold climates, it will attain full height at about 2-3’. After the plant has blossomed, remove the seeds to promote large blooms for the following year. No pruning is required, except to cut out dead wood or suckers in early spring. If plants become leggy, a moderate pruning in early fall can be done to shape the plant and encourage additional growth on the lower part of the plant. Remove spent flowers after bloom. These long-lived plants are best left undisturbed once planted. It is excellent in borders, as specimens, or in groups. It is also effective as accents or hedges along fences, sidewalks, driveways or walls.
To plant bare root perennials, dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2” below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly.
Supplied as #1 sized 1 year bare root.
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