Herbaceous VS tree peony

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Peony - Spectacular Bloom in Late Spring and Early Summer

The Herbaceous Peony has long been a stand-by of American gardeners, and rightly so since it, in its many different hybrids and cultivars, is one of the most spectacular, reliably perennial flowers of late spring. But why then, does one so rarely see its relative the Tree Peony in our beds and borders? This hardy, deer-resistant shrub, the national favorite in its native China, flaunts exquisite blossoms measuring as much as 10 inches across in May or June, and a mature specimen may bear 50 of these silken-petaled show-stoppers all at once.

It's our goal to see both types of Peonies receive the garden space they deserve. Certainly, few plants offer such long-lasting return on your investment. Herbaceous Peonies, given minimal care, can continue to bloom, spring after spring, for fifty years or more; there are reliable accounts of Tree Peonies in Chinese temple gardens that have bloomed for centuries.

What We Grow
Our selection of Peonies -- Herbaceous and Tree -- hits the high notes in the full range of floral types, from elegant singles to ruffled doubles as luxuriant as crinoline petticoats. In our online and print catalogues you'll find a range of old-time stalwarts such as the Herbaceous Peony 'Festiva Maxima', a favorite since 1851, together with contemporary prizewinners such as 'Coral Charm', and exotic imports such as the cherry-blossom-pink Japanese Tree Peony 'Hana Kisoi'.

What We Ship
We ship Herbaceous Peonies as large roots with 3-5 eyes, fresh from the growing fields, at the proper time for fall planting in your region. Our Tree Peonies are shipped as 3-year-old, grafted, 12-18 inch bareroot plants in both fall and spring.

Herbaceous Peony -- Caring for Your Plant

Light/Watering: Plant Herbaceous Peonies in full sun except in the South and the warmest parts of the West, where afternoon shade is appreciated and will help the flowers last longer on the plant. An inch of water a week throughout the growing season is recommended.

Fertilizer/Soil and pH
Well-drained soil rich in organic matter is desirable. If your soil is extremely acid, add a few handfuls of lime at planting time. Plant the roots of Herbaceous Peonies with the eyes (the pink or white buds at the top of the roots) pointing up and cover with one to two inches of soil in the North and no more than one inch in the South. (Please note: If the eyes are set deeper than recommended, plants may not bloom. For this reason, do not mulch over the crowns.) Don't be surprised if there are few or no flowers the first spring after planting; plants generally take a few years to settle in and bloom heavily. Peonies respond well to an annual sidedressing of one inch of compost or aged manure; no other fertilization is necessary. Many Peonies, certainly the double-flowered varieties, must be staked to prevent a thunderstorm from pushing their blooms into the mud. Set the supports in place as new growth begins to emerge in early spring.


ProQuest, UMI Dissertation Publishing Container production and post-harvest handling of lotus (Nelumbo) and micropropagation of herbaceous peony (Paeonia).
Book (ProQuest, UMI Dissertation Publishing)

Tree peony from seed

2009-05-20 15:01:34 by -

I've tried growing them from seed. It doesn't work. Tree peonies are grafted hybrids. The plants do not come true from seed. You get a very simple small nothing special flower.
Tree peonies are propagated by grafting a cutting onto herbaceous peony rootstock. The rootstock supports the top while it grows it's own root, then withers away. This is not something you do casually. There's reasons why these are expensive to buy.


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