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Takara Peony

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Large semi-double blooms up to six inches across held on strong stems above luxurious foliage; pale yellow blooms heavily flushed with hot pink mature to pale white with a burgundy flare; an excellent landscape plant

Characteristics

Other Species Names:
Itoh Peony
Average Landscape Height:
30 inches
Average Landscape Width:
30 inches
Genus:
Paeonia
Cultivar:
Treasure
Branching:
herbaceous
Plant Form:
round
Canopy:
low
Growth Rate:
slow
Pruning:
cut back in fall
Spacing:
26 inches
Flower Color:
butter
Flower Bicolor:
hot pink
Flower Eye Color:
yellow
Flower Fragrance:
medium
Flower Period:
in mid spring
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Takara Peony features bold lightly-scented buttery yellow flowers with hot pink overtones, yellow eyes and a burgundy flare at the ends of the stems in mid spring. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its compound leaves remain green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Takara Peony is an herbaceous perennial with a more or less rounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Takara Peony will grow to be about 30 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 26 inches apart. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

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