Paeonia emodi (was re Lutea tree peony - commentary +obovata/japonica)

Jim McKenney
Wed, 23 May 2007 17:26:20 PDT
Ellen Hornig asked about the performance of Paeonia emodi in areas outside
the snowbelt. 

I've had a plant of Paeonia emodi here in my zone 7, Montgomery County,
Maryland garden for over thirty years. In most years it is one of the two
earliest herbaceous peonies to bloom, generally in latest April. My solitary
plant sets viable seeds which produce plants evidently true to name. These
seeds are large and blue and germinate readily.  

It is well adapted to our climate and the clump thickens yearly. It is well
out of the ground very early, and it's not unusual for the new growth to be
exposed to overnight freezes without harm to the developing foliage. On rare
occasions the flower buds will fail to develop after a severe freeze. 

This plant was acquired back in the '70s of the last century from the Louis
Smirnow company, and as I recall it was said to have been from an English

I'd say that Jerry and Ellen show very good taste in peonies in their
enthusiasm for this plant. When it bloom it has something of the elegance of
a white-flowered autumn anemone, and I would not want to be without it. 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where weedy Pinellia are
blooming all over the garden.
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