Tree peony ( syn Pink Hibiscus )

Paeonia suffruticosa 'Rou fu rong'

Tree peony ( syn Pink Hibiscus ) - Paeonia suffruticosa 'Rou fu rong'

Common Name: Tree peony ( syn Pink Hibiscus )
Genus: Paeonia
Species: suffruticosa
Cultivar: 'Rou fu rong'

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes good cut flowers, Has interesting foliage, Has fragrant flowers/foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.80 m (180 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 2.00 m (200 cm)

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

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


In late spring and early summer the large semi-double slightly fragrant flowers appear, creating a very impressive show. Each flower grows up to 17cm across and has several rows of clear pink flowers surrounding a boss of yellow stamens. They make good cut flowers and the attractive foliage will add interest towards the back of the border throughout the summer.

  • Garden care: Deadhead after flowering. In early spring apply a top-dressing of a balanced slow release fertiliser around the base of the plant and mulch well with well rotted garden compost or manure. 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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