Lutea tree peony - commentary + obovata/japonica
Wed, 23 May 2007 07:47:12 PDT
    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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