Tree Peony, ‘Renkaku’ is pure white, dinner plate sized, semi-double blooms with golden centers that open with pointed buds. The petals are delicately fringed at the edges. This is a really beautiful tree peony and one of the earliest to flower.
Paeonia suffruticosa, or Tree Peonies, are loved by everyone who has ever seen them in bloom and they have been prized and carefully cultivated in the Far East for centuries. A deciduous shrub, not a tree, the Tree Peony has woody stems. A mature shrub produces many huge, long-lasting, silken blooms which delight the eye. The showy flowers are 6-10″ across growing on woody stems. The tree is slow growing and best in the partial shade since the flowers tend to fade in full sun. With flowers two to three times as large as regular peonies, the tree peonies also form small “trees”, and in most climates don’t die down to the ground each winter like their herbaceous cousins. Medium green foliage is deeply divided into oval to lance-shaped leaflets and remains attractive throughout the growing season.