Paeonia delavayi var. ludlowii

Tibetan paeony

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Flowers, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


photo by Marcus Harpur, copyright GAP Photos (50000)

Plant details

Also known as Paeonia lutea var. ludlowii, the Tibetan paeonia is one of the loveliest of all tree paeonies, handsome while in leaf and quite stunning when its huge flowers open. Unlike herbaceous paeonies, this shrub produces new, young growth each year from permanent woody stems, sometimes very early in spring with the risk of being injured by frosts. The foliage is bold and elegantly sculpted, a feature in itself. Plants are normally free-flowering, bearing a succession of 8cm (3in) golden goblets in late spring. Feed well and mulch every spring. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Paeoniaceae

Genus: Paeonia

Species: delavayi

Cultivar: var. ludlowii

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Dry, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 250cm

Spread: 250cm

Time to divide plants: September to March

Flowering period: May to June

Reader reviews


Picture is orange but this is a bright yellow spectacular tree paeony with big and many flowers. Grows 7 ft tall by 6ft across over about 5 years. 1 plant will yield an ice cream carton of big black seeds. Likes a deep soil but will tolerate drought. Seeds require two periods of cold/refrigeration, one to germinate the root and one the shoot so can take 2 years to shoot. Mice love them! can someone tell me if this is named for the town of ludlow (20 miles away from me) or a person?

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