Tree peony

Paeonia suffruticosa

Paeonia suffruticosa
Photo/Illustration: 
Scott Phillips
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Tree peony (Paeonia suffruticosa)
Genus:  Paeonia
This upright, sparsely branched, woody shrub reaches 4 to 10 feet tall. It's easy to grow but slow-growing. It displays dark green leaves that are blue-green beneath, and large, silken blossoms 6 to 12 inches across in late spring and early summer. The plants maintain a graceful branching structure throughout the winter.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Flowers come in a multitude of shapes, colors, and fragrances.
Care:  Blooms best in dappled shade, with three to four hours of sunlight. May be grown in full sun with adequate moisture. Transplant in the autumn, 6 weeks before the ground freezes. These plants are heavy feeders and require excellent drainage; plant on a hillside or in a raised bed with plenty of organic matter.
Propagation:  Take semi-ripe cuttings in summer or graft in winter. Transplant in the autumn, 6 weeks before the ground freezes.
Problems:  Prone to ringspot virus, Verticillium wilt, Botrytis blight, tip blight, leaf blotch, stem rot, Japanese beetles, and nematodes.

Overview

Height
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Slow Grower
Light
Part Shade Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Flower,
Purple/Lavender Flower,
Red Flower,
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

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