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).
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
Skill level: Experienced
Time to divide plants: September to March
Flowering period: May to June
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