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Paeonia suffruticosa

tree peony

Trees and Shrubs, Plants of Home and Garden

Sow seed 1" deep, immediately when ripe, into a protected location, or in spring after stratification; keep moist. Seed can experience a double dormancy. Well-drained, slightly acidic moist soil; give ample room, some protection from sun and wind. May need protection in cold winters. Zones 3-8

Propagated also by bud grafting onto a herbaceous peony rootstock: unlike most plants, set the bud union 4-6" below soil surface, to allow the scion's characteristics to dominate, i.e. to produce a non-herbaceous tree peony

Note that tree peonies also include Paeonia lutea and Paeonia delavayi hybrids, grown and propagated in the same manner. Named varieties do not grow true from seed

Paeonia species (peony)

Cleft or Wedge Grafting
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