Tree peonies are delightful hardy shrubs, not trees at all but beautiful feathery leaved medium to small shrubs that produce the most amazing flowers in late spring.
'Dao Jin' is a large flowering variety of Tree Peony with flowers that reach up to 25cm each in diameter, the flowers are striped red and white, and have a fantastic fragrance.
All tree peonies are prolific flowerers, creating a much admired display in April/May which is undoubtedly the reason they were so treasured in the gardens of Chinese emperors a thousand years ago.
The tree peony is long lived and, tolerant of most soils even chalky gardens and undemanding to grow. Can reach up to 2.5 metres high but is usually smaller. Hardy in most gardens but try and avoid planting frost pockets where the late spring flowers could be damaged. Plant in well prepared ground ideally in soil that is deeply dug and manured. Full sun/part shade.
Can also be grown in a container.
- Position: full sun/part shade
- Soil: fertile, well prepared
- Eventual Size: 2.5m after 10 years
- Habit: upright, open branched
- Foliage: deciduous, divided green leaves
- Common Names: Tree peony 'Dao Jin'
Choose a position where you can enjoy the amazing flowers ideally away from strong winds in a fertile soil adding good planting compost to your soil. Avoid frost pockets to protect flowers from late frosts
Can be grown in a container we recommend using a good quality multipurpose with roughly 20% John Inness no 3 added.
Little pruning needed, just the occasional removal of straggly or crossing stems. Spent flowers can be dead-headed.
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