In English, the name of this glorious Tree Peony means, quite literally, "New Sun and Moon Brocade". Brocade is a good way to describe this Tree Peony’s intricate crimson-pink flowers flecked with white.
The Tree Peony (P. suffruticosa) is one of the most glorious shrubs known to man. Its huge, silky flowers have the same general shape as that of herbaceous Peonies. Their range of color runs from pure white through pinks and reds into lavender and yellow, with shades that are unknown in their herbaceous kin. Their exquisite blooms are born on a 4–5ft frame, above which as many as 50 flowers may be carried on a mature plant. Their late May display is one of the highlights of spring.
Tree Peonies grow best in full sun or partial shade (required in the South and warm areas of western Zone 9) and evenly moist but well-drained soil with a pH close to neutral; they fare poorly in the desert Southwest. We ship bareroot, 3-year-old grafted plants measuring 12–18in tall. They take a few years to show what they can do but the wait is worth it.