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Tree peony in shade?

wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967

I have acquired two tree peonies from someone. They don't have a name, they are just from a small garden centre and were quite cheap. All they say on them is 'orange' and 'yellow'. They are very small at the moment. All my sunny spots have gone to herbaceous peonies and roses. Would it be okay to plant one in a shady spot, and the other one next to a big pine tree? Another spot is available in between a holly bush and another hedging type bush. It's a bit congested in the latter. Other wise I will have to give them away.

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  • Tree peonies like partial or even full shade, so give them a try!

    http://www.kelways.co.uk/page/tree-peony-care/10/ 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,569

    2 of my 3 are in shade and do fine. I think the flowers last longer in the shade

  • wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967

    Oh thank you, that's great to know. Will one be okay near those bushes? Do they get quite big? It will be competing with the bushes and more hedging trees on other side of fence belonging to neighbour. I want to give it a fair chance.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,569

    they're not all the same size. My yellow one was about 10 foot across till I removed a few of the outer branches so we could use the path. The red one more like 6 foot. Both considerably taller than me. Others are mere babies yet

  • wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967

    Oh that's really big. I'd better look for a proper location. Both locations I've scouted might be too small. Can they be moved later?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,569

    For a while they can be moved but I'd need heavy machinery to move mine now.image

  • wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967
    nutcutlet says:

    For a while they can be moved but I'd need heavy machinery to move mine now.image

    See original post

     Oh okay! I just gave the orange one to a friend. She may be growing it in a pot. I shall have to rethink and putting mine somewhere where there is space...I read they were not literally trees....but it sounds like they could be. I thought they might be more like bushes. Woops.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,569

    I'd say bushes. But quite big onesimage

    Trees have a single trunk, these don't, they keep throwing up more stems from the base

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