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Tree Peony | Plant Profile

Tree Peony (Paeonia suffruticosa) are deciduous shrubs with strong woody stems. They grow up to 5′ tall and nearly as wide. The large pink or white flowers are nearly the size of dinner plates. Each petal features a purple patch at its base. The flowers bloom from April to May. The medium green foliage is oval and can be attractive without the blooms.

Tree Peony prefers fertile, medium moisture, well drained soils in full sun to part shade.

Peonies are beautiful specimens as borders to sidewalks, structures, fences and as hedges. The flowers are large, showy, and attract butterflies and other beneficial pollinators. Cut flowers are attractive in fresh flower arrangements.


Peony Tree Characteristics

Unlike other peonies, Tree Peony have woody stems that should not be cut to the ground after the growing season. Pruning may be desired from deadheading spent flowers or cutting away dead foliage, or to shape. The foliage may become leggy. Prune tall branches if the shape becomes leggy to encourage growth near the base. Tree Peony takes years to establish and should not be transplanted due to the deep roots.

Tree Peony rarely have serious disease or insect issues. Ants are attracted to the large flowers but are not harmful. Canker, leaf blight, stem wilt, and scale are all possible.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 4 - 8


3.00 - 5.00'
3.00 - 4.00'
Bloom Time
April - May
Full Sun - Part Shade
Deer Resistant?