The following quote begins the referenced article on tree peonies. You rarely see them in gardens, yet they are relatively easy to grow, large, and give a magnificent spring show of lovely flowers. This photo was taken on Cape Cod in May; it’s my brother’s pride and joy. Some plants are known to have lived for 90 years.
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“Another species of peony that has been slow in rising to popularity in America is the tree peony. This Chinese native, also commonly referred to as Moutan, is thought to have been first discovered in an eastern province in the sixth century. It was used for medicinal purposes originally, long before it became a popular ornamental plant. It is a larger and woody relative of the much cherished herbaceous peony that graces many flower gardens.”