Color: Dark-red, satin-like, ruffled petals on semidouble-form
blossoms up to 8-inches wide.
Time: Late Spring/Early Summer for 2 to 3 weeks.
Size: 3-5' tall and wide.
Uses: Perennial bed, shrub border, hedge
or as an accent or specimen plant.
Hardiness: Zones 4-9
Taiyo or "The Sun" is a Japanese Tree Peony with
large, dark-red blossoms. The wavy or ruffled petals look
and feel like satin, and appear in a semi-double form. This
beautiful Tree Peony, like all Tree Peonies, is stunning in
full bloom. Tree Peonies bloom in late spring to early summer
for 2 to 3 weeks, depending on the weather. Winter hardyto Zone 4.
What you'll receive:
1-year, field-grown, grafted plants with 6 to 8-inch long
stems, shipped bareroot (no soil or
pot) and dormant (no foliage). Learn more about
Shipping: $0-$75=$12.00, $75.01-$125=$15, $125.01-$200=$20, >$200=10% of total. Shipped UPS Ground in
spring from early April through mid May.
About Tree Peonies
Tree Peonies (Paeonia suffruticosa) are slow growing, but very hardy plants. Unlike
regular peonies, Tree Peonies are actually woody plants with
stiff stems that don't die back over the winter. They grow
like a typical garden shrub, albeit slowly. Tree Peonies often
will bloom the first year they are planted. And each year
as the plants grow larger, they produce more blossoms. A mature
plant (5 to 10 years old) can produce over one hundred flowers!
The plant can grow up to 5-feet tall and wide, depending
on the conditions in which it's grown. In nothern climates,
it will take a number of years to reach this size. In warmer
climates where there is a longer growing season, it will reach
mature size sooner than in the north. The foliage on a tree
peony has pointy leaves in a greyish-green color, often with
reddish stems. The shrub has a full, mounded shape that is
attractive even when not in bloom.
We've found that the rabbits, mice and deer leave tree peonies
alone! Yippee! They are also very easy to grow. They grow
best in full sun (at least 6 hours each day), in average,
well-drained garden soil (high organic matter always helps).
Tree Peonies are very winter hardy to Zone 3b. They also grow
well in warm climates to Zone 9. Very long-lived plants.
Tree Peonies do best in a sunny to partly shady site, in average, well-drained, evenly moist garden soil that has a neutral pH. Space plants 3-feet apart for a hedge. Tree Peonies rarely need pruning, except to maintain a desired shape and size or to remove damaged canes.
Our Tree Peonies are grafted plants. Plant the graft union 4 to 6 inches below the soil surface as shown in the photo to the right. This helps the plant develop its own roots in addition to the grafted roots. The graft union looks like a bulge on the main stem just above the roots. After planting, only an inch or two of the woody stem may show above the ground. So, be sure to mark where you planted it!
Tree Peonies are slow-growing plants that reach mature size
in 5 to 10 years. Try not to transplant them, as this will
slow their growth as they reastablish their roots in the new
location. Tree Peonies can live up to 100 years or more!
Soil: Tree peonies tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, but do best with soil that’s high in organic matter to help provide the nutrients needed for blooming. Add compost or rich, black soil to the soil mix used in the planting spot.
Fertilizing: Don’t add fertilizer right after planting. Wait a month and then use a well-balanced, natural or organic granular fertilizer applied to the soil surface. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer package. Also add a shovel full or two of compost around the base of the plant to add organic matter, improve soil structure and provide slow-release nutrients.
What's a "bareroot" plant?
is a term that describes how a plant is shipped to you. A
bareroot plant is not in a pot, and is usually dormant (not
actively growing). See the photo to the right that shows what
a bareroot Tree Peony looks like. The bareroot plants that we ship
to you were harvested in the fall and placed in cold storage
over the winter to keep them dormant. In the spring, we ship
the bareroot plants to our customers, from early April through
Bareroot plants are easy to grow. We include planting instructions
with your order. When you receive your plant, take it out
of the packing material and place it in a bucket of water
so that the roots are completely covered. Let the roots soak
for 4 to 24 hours, then plant it in your garden. Full planting
instructions with photos are available on our Planting