Plantidote of the day 2011-05-28
Tree peonies are native to China. You can grow them in zones 5-8. They are reliable, long lived woody shrub (as opposed to the more common peony, which is herbacious and dies back to the ground). They are slow growers and demand plenty of fertilizer.
I have to admit I was thrilled to get a flower this year. I didn't expect to get one. I purchased this plant at a local Japanese food market last summer. Poor thing looked a little ragged and was marked down. I knew I had to rescue it!
In China and Japan the peony is a symbol of wealth and beauty.
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