Thursday, May 14, 2009
Red Tree Peony
Paeonia suffruticosa 'Hoki'
This amazing plant was in bloom at Planting Fields last Sunday. It is always a surprise to me how many people aren’t familiar with this cousin of the herbaceous Peony. It is an easy plant to grow and generally doesn’t need staking. ‘Hoki’ is a particularly striking version of the Tree Peony. Its vivid flowers were easily spotted a hundred yards away and it stood out among the Tree Peony collection, which had several other outstanding cultivars. It also had a nice fragrance.
This Tree Peony grows to about 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Tree Peonies are actually woody shrubs and not trees. They can take up to three years to get established and start flowering heavily. It has woody stems that should not be cut back.