Peony help needed

sara haywoodsara haywood Posts: 144

I am looking to find a white tree peony,  a neighbour has just what I want but the plant was in her garden when she bought the house and has no idea which one it is! image

It is a tree peony, it is white and has a single petal which is very tissue paper like. Does anyone have any ideas? I have tried to search the net to no avail.


Thanks Sara image



  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 7,198

    Hi Sara - can't help you with the name, but thought i would let you know that i am growing one that my uncle raised from a stem cutting - so if you have some patience you might be able to grow one exactly the same as your neighbours.

    also, if you can post a photo of the flowers someone on here might recognise itimage

    The Stone Age didn’t end because they ran out of stones ......
  • sara haywoodsara haywood Posts: 144

    Hi Chicky, sadly it has stopped flowing now, it seemed to be early this year. I am not very technical with plants but I will research it and see if it is something I can do! 


    Thanks x

  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 1,983

    sara have a look at rhs website, or just google tree peony images, you'll spot it

  • sara haywoodsara haywood Posts: 144

    Hi Rosemummy, I have done that, I have seen some that are very like it but they just don't have the fragile petal that my neighbours does. I shall keep trying!

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,476

    Hi sara, are you sure it's a tree peony and not a tree poppy, like Romneya coulteri?

    Those have large papery white petals with a yellow centre.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • InglezinhoInglezinho Posts: 178

    We need to know if it's a peony or a poppy. I'm bothered about you saying it's a TREE peony. It doesn't exist! Tree poppy yes. Google them both and decide which you think it is. Look carefully at the flower shape. Tree poppies are VERY hard to find but you can propagate them from seed. Don't be confused by the term "tree", it's no larger than a small bush. Tree poppy ( Romneya coulteri) is always white. Get back to us.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,671

    Of course tree peonies exist 

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • Nicky NickyNicky Nicky Posts: 76

    what do you mean Inglezinho that tree peony dont exist?


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,242

    Some beautiful new tree poppy cultivars are coming out of Japan. I have the very old fashioned P.delavayi species. It has multiple  woody stems  all winter, unlike herbaceous paeonies which go below ground to a rootstock in winter.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 1,983

    just read a full article on tree peonies!

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