The Tree Peony is a deciduous shrub with medium green foliage and beautiful flowers. It grows 3-5' tall with a 4' spread and blooms in early spring. The large flowers have 6-8" petals in an array of colors, from pink and red to white and yellow, and forms ranging from single to double-petaled. Cultivate this elegant, vibrant flower in your garden for stunning beauty and lasting value. Tree Peonies are an excellent choice for gardens and landscapes. Easy to care for, they thrive in full sun to part shade and prefer deep, fertile, and medium-moisture soils. No pruning is typically needed except to remove dead wood or suckers in early spring, and spent flowers after blooms. Trees may take several years to become established, so it is beneficial to leave them undisturbed after planting. It has bright green foliage that appreciates some winter protection in USDA Zone 4 and colder areas of Zone 5. Plant roots go deep making transplanting easy. Make your gardening plans worry-free with this hardy and resilient plant. Hardy in zones 4-8.
Growing Instructions for the Tree Peony
The seeds have a period of dormancy. They can be planted outdoors in the fall or winter for spring germination or they can be cold stratified to simulate winter conditions and to break their dormancy at any time of the year. The seeds have a hard seed coat that has to be treated, or scarified, in order for water to enter the seeds so that they can sprout. 1. Scarify the seeds by nicking or sanding the seed coat. The seeds can be sanded with sandpaper, a nail file or an emery board. 2. Soak the seeds in water for 24 hours. 3. Warm stratify the seeds for 3 months. 4. Cold stratify the seeds. Put the seeds in a ziplock bag. 4. Put the bag in the refrigerator and leave it there for 3 months. 4. Sow the seeds 3/8 of an inch deep. 5. Water the seeds. The seeds may take 4-12 weeks to germinate.