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Paeonia Tree (Tree Peony) suffruticosa ‘Shimanishiki’

Tree peonies take a bit of time to get established but it’s easy to see why they’re a favorite in their native, China!  Tree peonies have been prized and carefully cultivated in the Far East for centuries.  Though its namesake implies a tree, the Tree Peony is actually a deciduous shrub.  Its woody stems produce showy silken blooms approximately 6-10” in size.  These gorgeous blooms are hardy and deer resistant.  Once established, they are also drought tolerant.  ‘Shimanishiki’ produces beautiful red and white double-blossoms with golden yellow stamens.  These eye-catching blooms produce in mid-late spring, against a backdrop of oval to lance-shaped leaflets.  This woody shrub makes a stunning hedge border or specimen plant.

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PT175BAG Paeonia Tree (Tree Peony) suffruticosa 'Shimanishiki' 5 4 $95.00
Shimanishiki Detail
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Plant Details +

Botanical Paeonia suffruticosa ‘Shimanishiki’
Common Name Tree Peony
Size #1 - 1 Year
Height 3-6'
Spacing 4'
Hardiness Zones 3-8
Exposure Sun to partial shade
Foliage Green
Flower Red with white, Double bloom
Bloomtime May - June

General Information +

General Characteristics: Tree Peonies usually take 2 - 3 years to become established and bloom heavily. In a mild climate, a tree peony will reach a shrub-like size up to about 4-5 feet in several years. In very cold climates, it will attain full height at about only 2-3 feet. Once established, Tree peonies are best left undisturbed. When choosing a site, tree peonies perform best in partial shade since the flowers tend to fade in full sun. Tree Peonies prefer evenly moist, well-drained soil with a pH close to neutral. If your soil is extremely acidic, it is recommended that you add some lime when planting.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in the hole so the graft (the area where the roots meet the crown) is about 1" below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Add compost as needed before planting. Larger shrubs appreciate some shelter from strong winds. This Tree Peony will bloom one or two years after planting. After the plant has blossomed, remove the seeds to promote the size of blooms for the following year. Pruning: Prune out any damaged or broken stems after plants have leafed out. If plants become leggy, a moderate pruning in early fall can be done to shape the plant and encourage additional growth on the lower part of the plant. Remove spent flowers after bloom.

Pests or Diseases: Tree peonies are relatively pest-free. Ants on peony buds are common and harmless to the plant.