Tree peony / tree paeony

Paeonia 'Lavender'

Tree peony / tree paeony - Paeonia  'Lavender'

Common Name: Tree peony / tree paeony
Genus: Paeonia
Cultivar: 'Lavender'

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has interesting foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.50 m (150 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 1.00 m (100 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple, Pink
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: April & May

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Tree peonies; the Chinese national flower are enjoying a revival. Prized for their blowsy glamourous blooms and glossy deeply cut foliage peonies are held in deep affection by many gardeners despite their short flowering season and vulnerability to peony wilt in damp weather. It's easy to see why. In late spring or early summer this tree or shrub peony has huge frilly lavender-pink sometimes scented semi-double flowers set among deeply cut dark green leaves. The flowers up to 15cm/6in across make a fabulous feature in a sunny protected border. If you are placing it in a border or a lawn try planting early spring bulbs around the base to prolong the season of interest.

  • Garden care: Protect from cold winds and early morning sun. Support the branches of young shrubs with canes to prevent the massive flowerheads from being battered by rain. Tree peonies are hungry feeders so ensure that container-grown specimens receive a top-dressing of a slow-release fertiliser in spring. In the border apply a top-dressing of a balanced slow-release fertiliser around the base of the plant in early spring and mulch with well-rotted garden compost or manure. If the plant shows signs of collapse or the leaves become spotty this may be a symptom of peony botrytis. Remove affected leaves immediately. In the autumn cut off all of the foliage and dispose of it to avoid reinfection the following spring. The older stems of tree peonies have a tendency to become brittle and snap so cut these back to the ground in autumn every two or three years.


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