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An American classic! Vigorous grower with creamy yellow rosettes of camellia-shaped flowers deepen to rich gold toward center. Red flares at the base of petals dramatically accent this glowing flower. Often more than one blossom on a stem. Tree Peony 'Age of Gold' is an American Peony Society Gold Medal Winner.

Tree Peonies have outstanding star-quality in the garden. These woody stemmed shrubs are easy to grow. Give them a sunny to lightly shaded site with protection from harsh winds and well drained soil. Tree Peonies generally mature from 2 1/2' to 5' tall.

Beautiful blush flushed with pink. Good flower substance on healthy, vigorous plants. Burgundy tints on early season foliage. Tree Peony 'Ambrose Congreve' is named for a famous gardener by his friend, Sir Peter Smithers. Rare and choice.
Yellow, delicately edged rose, dark center. Flowers fluted, dressy and well held.

 
 

 
 
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Stunning orchid-lavender single blooms. Each petal on Tree Peony 'Anna Marie' has a deep raspberry flare at its base that accents a small tuft of golden stamen. Very elegant flower. Named in honor of Bill Seidl's mother.
Brilliant strawberry red semi-double with a blush of gold on underside of the petals. Adding to the intrigue, Tree Peony 'Banquet' has attractive cutleaf foliage, for us the leaves often show red tints early in the season.
Many rows of petals give a full, frothy look to this huge flower of deep cherry red. The outstanding flowers on Tree Peony 'Black Panther' are accompanied by distinctive cutleaf foliage on a sturdy, well-formed plant.

 
 

 
 

 
 
Semi-double blossoms of very dark, rich burgundy. Each ruffled petal turns a different direction for a graceful, tousled appearance. Tree Peony 'Boreas' has flowers that are held well above the foliage. Fragrant.
Soft yellow flowers flushed with a rosy red edging are held on strong stems. Golden anthers show well against the deep red flares. Single blooms have good substance. Fragrant, reliable and vigorous with dark green foliage. Extremely appealing!
Bright, cherry-red, ruffled and vibrant blooms presented nicely above their foliage. Flowers have good substance.

 
 

 
 

 
 
Lavender single 3-4" flowers somewhat similar to a Moutan anemone. Quite unusual color, floriferous, and very distinct. Tree Peony 'Chore' is rare and not readily available in the garden trade. The name refers to the small statues made by the Greeks to affirm human bonds to their gods.
Large, lovely blossoms in a delicate shade of pink unfurl their ruffled, crepe-papery petals revealing small rose-red inner flares. Possibly the best light pink Moutan tree peony.
High quality, bright and shiny, large flowered red single. Two rows of ruffled and fluted guard petals hold the flower form nicely. Vigorous, healthy grower.

 
 

 
 

 
 
Beautiful, pristine white Tree Peony with deep red flares. Good substance from parent plant, 'Joseph Rock'. Tree Peony 'Dojean' is a vigorous variety with excellent healthy foliage.

Although Tree Peonies have outstanding star-quality in the garden, they easy to grow. For good results, grow these woody stemmed shrubs in a sunny to lightly shaded site with protection from harsh winds and well drained soil. Tree Peonies generally mature from 2 1/2' to 5' tall.

Fragrant, beautiful pink blossoms which seem to glow as inner light radiates from the flower's center to illuminate each petal.
Tree Peony 'Ezra Pound' has a gentle flush of lavender pink on white blooms accented with dark rosy purple flares. Large single to semi-double blooms. Moutan type Tree Peony. Waxy, deep green foliage.

 
 

 
 

 
 
Large, pure white, airy blossoms are held nicely above the plants facing viewer. An ancient Japanese variety. Tree Peony 'Godaishu' is elegant and floriferous.
Lovely scarlet flares on intensely yellow petals create a most striking blossom. Good substance and interesting crinkled petal texture.
Very large, airy blooms in shades of mauve and lavender. Purple flares and golden anthers add a striking contrast. Tree Peony 'Guardian of the Monastery' is very beautiful and a strong grower.

 
 

 
 

 
 
Large, exotic and extremely attractive medium to vivid pink airy blossoms. Tree Peony 'Hana Kisoi' is very reliable and highly recommended. Wonderful form, full and rounded opening buds unfurl to sumptuous blooms. Color may vary depending on weather conditions, but is generally a mid pink for us.

Tree Peonies are more resilient than they look. We photographed the beautiful flower shown in the main image back in the chilly spring of 2011. The flower buds had been topped with a late snow in April, but the plant shrugged it off and put on a wonderful display of blooms that May.

Most appealing blend of creamy gold, pink, ivory and rose. Tree Peony 'Happy Days' is a rare variety from Professor Saunders "Tea-Rose" group.
Luscious, deep brick red blooms with ruffled petals. Strong stems. Fragrant. Tree Peony 'Hephestos' is an American Peony Society Gold Medal winner.
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Bright, rosy carmine blossoms with fluffy, airy and crinkled petals. Naturally dwarf in growth to about 24-30" tall. Tree Peony 'Hinode Sekai' is a very good bloomer for us, with nicely held flowers well distributed across the rounded top of the plant.
Large blossoms of rich purple with lavender undertones. Good substance. It is reliable with good amount of bloom. Tree Peony 'Imperial Crown' blooms very early with strong stems holding the flowers well. Rich, green foliage. Moutan in its parentage.
Dramatic, velvety dark red blooms on a backdrop of graceful green foliage. Dark maroon flares accent each enormous petal on the Tree Peony 'Iphigenia'.

 
 
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Large lemon-yellow blossoms with a light lemon scent. Flower centers have soft red flares and white-tipped carpels. Excellent plant possessing health and vigor. Itoh Peony 'Bartzella' is a winner of the American Peony Society Gold Medal.
Delicate, soft sulfur yellow nodding blooms. Handsome, broad, deep green foliage. Itoh Peony 'Border Charm' has a compact habit, good in perennial borders.
Sunny blooms in shades of cream to yellow to apricot. Accented with maroon flares and a rosy picotee edge. Itoh Peony 'Callie's Memory' has a good plant habit and handsome foliage.

 
 

 
 

 
 
A surprising chameleon of plant. Unique yellow to peach, semi-double to full double blooms. Some will be light yellow while others become much brighter yellow or a soft or glowing peach in color. Itoh Peony 'Canary Brilliants' has long stems, which nice for picking a few flowers for bouquets. Good green foliage.
Pure white with rosy-lavender flares and a light fragrance. Semi-double to double blooms held on strong stems with good dark green foliage. Itoh Peony 'Cora Louise' is named for the grandmother of the hybridizer.
Showy flowers of a distinct lavender pink color with darker flares at the base of the petals. The flowers lighten to a paler pink as they mature. 24" stems hold the 4"-5" flowers on top of dense, dark green foliage. Itoh Peony 'First Arrival' is a superb, compact variety.

 
 

 
 

 
 
Deep yellow, fragrant, semi-double blooms with soft red flares. Stems to 27" present the flowers above the foliage. Very hardy. Side buds open in sequence for a long flowering period, excellent clean foliage lasts late in season. Low, wide habit. Itoh Peony 'Garden Treasure' is a winner of the American Peony Society Gold Medal.
Large, light yellow single flowers nicely held on the plants. Red flares add just the right definition to the blooms. Itoh Peony 'Going Bananas' is an excellent garden plant with a compact habit. Lightly fragrant.
Beautiful cream and rosy-red blend flowers. The blooms are rose with ivory shading, with the deepest tones at the centers. The shading on Itoh Peony 'Hillary' gives a lovely feeling of depth to each well formed bloom. Rounded plant habit.

 
 

 
 

 
 
Flowers open cherry red then transition to orange and later to yellow. All three colors can be showing during bloomtime to create a beautiful spectrum of rosy to warm hues. Itoh Peony 'Julia Rose' has a compact habit.
Vigorous grower with excellent foliage. Lavender-pink, 3-4" cup-shaped flowers are spectacularly highlighted with dark purple flares. Itoh Peony 'Little Darlin' is a reliable, above average bloomer with excellent stem strength.
Magnificently large, 5-6", single multi-colored flowers whose creamy-white petals are highlighted by a prominent deep maroon basal flare. On opening, the petals are tinted a pale, clear pink along the edges. A light yellow-green center completes the glorious spectacle! One of the finest Itoh/Intersectional hybrids!

 
 

 
 

 
 
Blossoms in shades of yellow with a hint of yellow-green. Centers are accented with dark red flares. Itoh Peony 'Prairie Charm' is a vigorous grower with abundant blossoming potential.
Satiny scarlet blooms with golden anthers accenting the centers. Itoh Peony 'Scarlet Heaven' has single blooms that are displayed on top of, and around, this spherical-shaped plant. Handsome foliage. Lightly fragrant.
Large 5-7”, bright canary yellow, fragrant, single to semi-double blossoms are produced on strong, long stems. In the center of each yellow blossom is a group of red-tipped carpels, showy yellow stamens, and red flares. Itoh Peony 'Sequestered Sunshine' has a bushy habit that does not require staking, flowers are upright even after a heavy rain. Additional blooms are produced on side shoots to provide a longer bloom time. The long stems make this a nice choice for cut flowers.

 
 

 
 
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Fragrant, semi-double yellow blossoms of good substance. Each flower has attractive inner-glow red flares. One of the first of the ground-breaking Intersectional Peonies from hybridizer Dr. Toichi Itoh.
Stunning and abundant blooms! Large, full, pink double flowers have good substance and are held on very rigid stems. Blooms can reach 10" in diameter. Tree Peony 'Joanna Gilbert' is a profuse bloomer and very vigorous.
Fluffy, fragrant white single to semi-double accented with rich purple flares. This rare variety has a vigorous plant habit, and is highly prized by gardeners worldwide. Tree Peony 'Joseph Rock' is a superior garden heirloom.

 
 

 
 

 
 
More petallage than Joseph Rock, but same vigor, lush foliage and staggering blossom beauty. Radiant white with purple inner flares. Rare and seldom offered. A strong plant with fragrant blooms.
Large, lavender blossoms have hints of deep blue-pink and flares of dark plum surrounding yellow stamens. Graceful, with a refined demeanor and ruffled, lacy blooms. Reliable, floriferous, and strong stemmed.
Striking mauve-pink petals are highlighted by deep plum colored flares which add an air of mystery to this gorgeous flower. Reliable, with large, wavy edged blooms, good stem strength, and a light fragrance. Tree Peony 'Leda' has been chosen as the American Peony Society Gold Medal Winner for 2014.

 
 

 
 

 
 
Light and airy, fluffy, vivid pink Moutan with darker colored flares. Tree Peony 'Lilith' has a vigorous growth habit and abundant blooms. Originally named 'Lady of the Lake'.
Pearly mauve to peachy yellow suffused with rose. Deep raspberry flares and a ring of golden yellow stamens. Heavy bloomer with a vigorous and rounded plant habit.
Bright raspberry pink blooms with dark flares are held high on vigorous plants. Good substance and strong stems. Tree Peony 'Maria Teressa' is very floriferous with an abundance of flowers. Fragrant.

 
 

 
 

 
 
Eye-catching dark maroon single on strong stems. Tree Peony 'Murad of Hershey Bar' is a reliable Moutan with excellent medium green foliage. It is often the very first Tree Peony to bloom.
Most attractive blend of coral, peach and gold on rounded petals with deep purple flares. The fragrant flowers of Tree Peony 'Nike' stand well above its foliage. Strong stems.
Pink blooms with dark raspberry flares highlighting the the center boss of golden yellow anthers. Prolific blooms on strong plants that hold the blooms above the foliage. From New Zealand via seed provided by Bill Seidl in the U.S.

 
 

 
 
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Stunning bright raspberry pink with soft peach tones suffusing the centers of the petals. Small raspberry flares highlight the boss of golden yellow anthers. From New Zealand via seed provided by Bill Seidl in the U.S., Tree Peonies in this group all have prolific blooms on strong plants that hold the blooms above the foliage.
Vivid maroon-red with blue cast, dark flares. Semi-double. Petals are well-formed and rounded on this semi-double Tree Peony. Center is very dark for a touch of mystery. Good stem strength, large foliage. Fragrant, reliable, and good substance.
Creamy yellow delicately and deliciously brushed with rose. Each blossom of Tree Peony 'Right Royal' has deep raspberry flares emanating from the flower center to provide a beautiful backdrop for the golden anthers. Attractive deeply cut foliage.

 
 

 
 

 
 
Bright, clear, luminous yellow blooms complemented by deep red flares generously cover this low growing plant. Flowers have beautiful form and heavy substance. An excellent landscape subject.
Large, well petalled, beautiful blossoms of most pleasing lavender with shades of purple. The flower petals are somewhat ruffled and upturned. The jewel tone petal color contrasts with the bright golden anthers to make Tree Peony 'Royal Robe' an exciting garden specimen. Fragrant.
Beautifully ruffled and artistically arranged petals of a vivid, deep pink. Blooms are large and quite striking.

 
 
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Unique attractive highly ruffled large blossoms in varying shades of vivid pink. The flower's stigmas match the petal colors which further complement an already beautiful flower. Tree Peony 'Rumpled Rose Ruffles' has good substance, is reliable with a good amount of bloom, and has good stem strength.
Large single of ivory, veined and edged with a deep rose and lavender. Flares are a deeper, darker rose and anthers are thick and golden. Each petal is uniquely twisted and ruffled.
This rare, red and white candy striped plant arose from a bud mutation in 'Taiyo'. Young plants of Tree Peony 'Shima Nishiki' may bloom with all red flowers or all white flowers until established.

 
 

 
 

 
 
Glowing rose-pink flowers of semi-double form. Ruffled petals create an intriguing texture.
Outstanding large, very airy, ruffled cameo-pink satin blossoms. Certainly one of the top Moutan varieties for beauty.
Full double, large blossoms of gold and yellow overlaid with orange tones. Red tinges on the petal edges. Tree Peony 'Souvenir de Maxime Cornu' is unique and quite fragrant.

 
 

 
 
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Golden yellow blossoms edged and suffused with red and rose. Very pleasing color combination with dark inner petal flares.
Coral blooms enhanced by orange and red veining. Single, with two rows of petals that move in and out as though in dance. Fragrant.
Glowing, unusual and intriguing orange-peach tones creates one of the most unique tree peonies available. The fourth cross Daphnis made, hence the name.

 
 

 
 

 
 
Beautiful, jewel-like color is a luminous light red to dark pink with a bluish overcast. Tree Peony 'Thalia' has very graceful blooms with the petals forming two circles around the bases in perfect harmony. Good substance, fragrant. Reliable bloomer with good stem strength. Light green foliage, vigorous.
Enticing black-crimson with satiny petals streaked with scarlet. Center of bright yellow anthers makes a striking contrast. Finely cut foliage. Floriferous.
Bright, deep rose-red flowers are fluffy, full and impressive. Tree Peony 'Toichi Ruby' is a vigorous grower with abundant, well carried blooms. Fragrant.

 
 

 
 

 
 
Clear yellow petals unfold in sequence, opening into crisply ruffled blossoms of crushed silk. Each stem will often have three blooms.
Striking golden yellow with small red flares at the base of each flower petal. Fragrant with good substance.
Frothy lavender pink, semi-double, ruffled petals with deeper lavender-red flares. Tree Peony 'Wauceda Princess' has a mounded plant habit and is very floriferous. Slender but strong stems.

 
 

 
 

 
 
Smooth and clear silky pink blossoms open from gracefully pointed buds. Attractive leaves are deeply cut and show hints of deep purple-red. The blooms on Tree Peony 'Yachiyo Tsubaki' are nicely tailored and a perfect match to the fine foliage.
Enormous pearly pink flowers highlighted by creamy peach and mauve. Ruby flares grace the center. Foliage is a broad, deep green.

 
 
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Tree Peonies

Tree Peonies are woody stemmed shrubs that will grow to their mature size in 5 to 8 years. Blossoms will reach 5-7" wide, unless otherwise noted and will reach 3 1/2' to 5' tall and wide.

Recommended for USDA Zones 4-8.


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We propagate and grow all of the Tree Peonies we offer for sale. We ship 3-to 4-year-old plants in 1.07 gallon/4.08 liter pots from spring through fall.

Japanese Moutan

Popular in western gardens for over a century, Japanese Moutan Tree Peonies were introduced into Japan by Chinese and Korean monks during the eighth century A.D. They were further developed by Japanese monks, becoming favorites of numerous Japanese emperors and were planted and revered in temple gardens in ancient cities of Kyoto and Osaka. Beautiful, large, single to double flowers range from bright scarlet, purple, pale pink to pure white with crepe-paper like petals and bear traditional, romantic Japanese cultivar names. The spectacular flowers are accompanied by handsome, divided foliage that extends the ornamental period of interest. Forming an upright to rounded long-lived shrub, they are a superb choice for creating focal points in the garden. We have selected and propagate the best forms for North American gardens.

>Japanese Moutan Varieties

Nassos Daphnis Hybrids

Born in Sparta, Greece, contemporary New York artist Nassos Daphnis was a close friend and business partner of William Gratwick. Their relationship has ensured survival and ongoing use for breeding of Gratwick's tree peonies. For many years, Daphnis would visit Gratwick in spring to hybridize and evaluate new progeny. Today, the Daphnis hybrids represent the 4th, 5th and 6th breeding generations. From the start, he established extremely high judging criteria with only very small numbers achieving the ultimate accolade of been assigned a Greek mythological name. Chacteristically, his progeny display symmetrical, beautiful colored flowers above attractive foliage which all make excellent garden plants. Many knowledgeable enthusiasts consider Daphnis tree peonies the zenith of woody peony breeding.

>Nassos Daphnis Varieties

Sir Peter Smithers Hybrids

A distinguished British national and international political and diplomatic career was paralleled by a love of gardening which culminated in the creation of Vico Morcote, his magnificent home and garden on Switzerland's Lake Lugano. An appreciation and curiosity regarding the beauty of flowers stimulated an interest in tree peonies, Nerines and true lilies. Using P. rockii with its handsome, prominently flared petals, Sir Peter created a number of outstanding tree peony hybrids which were named for friends and family with arguably the finest creation reserved for his devoted wife for over 50 years, Dojean. His creative instincts enabled him to become an award winning photographer and the author of a fascinating book "Adventures of a Gardener" about his life and love of gardening. Song Sparrow is honored to exclusively offer a selection of Sir Peter's magnificent tree peony hybrids.

>Sir Peter Smithers Varieties

American Hybrids

Tree Peonies bred and propagated in North America are fully adapted for their successful growth and performance in a range of climate and cultural conditions experienced across the continent. Vigor and disease resistance, especially an absence of harmful viruses ensures an annual production of large and spectacular flowers displayed above and against a backdrop of beautiful foliage, which extends ornamental interest after the flowers. We propagate all our North American Tree Peony Hybrids at our nursery and are convinced they truly represent an outstanding long-term investment in your landscape.

>American Hybrid Varieties

Intersectional or Itoh Hybrids

Intersectional Peony hybrids, also known as Itoh Peonies in honor of Toichi Itoh, the originator of these unique, long-lived, hybrid Peonies. They are the result of a cross made between herbaceous Peonies (perennial, tops die back in late fall) and Tree Peonies (woody shrubs). Itoh Peonies have the remarkable flowers and handsome foliage of Tree Peonies on herbaceous plants with tops that die back to approximately 1-2" above ground level. They form compact, 2-3' tall, rounded plants with abundant blooms held on strong stems. Like other types of Peonies, they are deer resistant.

>Intersectional or Itoh Hybrid Varieties

William Gratwick Hybrids

Harvard educated, this true Renaissance man created extensive gardens embellished with his sculptures and beloved tree peonies at this extensive Pavilion estate in Genesee County, in upstate New York. A friend and assistant to Professor Saunders, Gratwick inherited many of his best tree peony hybrids and continued the breeding program. In addition to importing Paeonia suffruticosa seed from Japan, he selected only the finest flowering forms. Several of his finest introductions, for example 'Guardian of the Monastery' and 'Companion of Serenity' are the standards by which other tree peony varieties are judged. In addition to establishing a tree peony nursery, he breed historic breeds of sheep and show horses, on the estate and authored several privately published books.

>William Gratwick Varieties

Best Sellers 2017

It is always fun to see what plants other enthusiastic gardeners choose. Some best sellers are new, some are returning favorites, but each has something special to offer in your garden.

>Best Seller 2017 Varieties

Fragrance

Fragrance completes a garden, and makes it all the more memorable! Plant near a sitting area or walkway to fully enjoy their lovely scent.

>Fragrance Varieties

New Plants for 2017

Our new selections include many that are exclusive to Song Sparrow or rare and hard to find. We choose new plants for both beauty and good growing traits.

>New Plants for 2017 Varieties

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