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

Ellen Hornig
Wed, 23 May 2007 17:09:11 PDT
Jerry Flintoff praises P. emodi,a wonderful species for which I definitely 
share his enthusiasm.  In addition to having lovely pure white flowers, it 
has gorgeous deeply cut foliage which, when emerging, has an almost oily 
bronzed sheen to it.  I've grown it here for many years - like some other 
Himalayan plants, it does very well in the snowbelt.  I'd be curious to know 
how hardy it is without snow cover  -I think it's generally rated to about 
zone 6/7.  What have been people's experiences with it?


Ellen Hornig
Seneca Hill Perennials
3712 County Route 57
Oswego NY 13126 USA
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Subject: [pbs] re Lutea tree peony - commentary + obovata/japonica

> I think the extraordinary old Lemoine tree peony ' Souvenir de Maxime 
> Cornu ' can be breathtaking. I grow mine on a high bank so that I can look 
> up at it and enjoy its enormous flowers with their wonderfully shaded 
> yellow colors.
> Some P luteas I've grown get so tall that it is difficult to see their 
> flowers. P 'Tria' so far has remained shorter and as the name hints, its 
> three-flowered stems make for a prolonged display even though semi-double 
> at most.
> The P japonicas that I have grown have decidedly smaller flowers than 
> those of P obovata 'Alba' though I must admit that a rose-colored obovata 
> that I once grew had smaller flowers than the usual
> 'Alba' s. The P japonica that I currently grow ( from seed collected by 
> Kazuo Mori ) is enchanting and preferable to the larger obovata ' Alba' .
> Speaking of white wild peonies, P emodi is incredibly beautiful and the 
> stems have often 3 flowers.
> Jerry John Flintoff
> Vashon Island,Washington,USA
> Zone 8
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