Paeonia lutea syn. delavayi var ludlowii
Ludlow's tree peony, Yellow tree peony
Type/Hardiness Herbaceous, Perennial, Hardy
Flowering period Early summer
Height 6-9ft/2-3m
Light preference
Soil preference
Sowing time/depth ,
This delightful plant is usually sold when much older - and far more expensive! But my own was self sown and flowered within four years, so if carefully looked after, these young plants should reward with their first blooms, which are single and a lovely clear yellow, within two years. In any case, the foliage is very attractive. The plant can reach a height of 3 metres. The specimen in our garden, which is about 8 years old, is now approximately 6 feet tall.

NOTE: Peony plants generally produce only a root system in their first year and their first set of leaves in the second, so 2-year old plants, when offered, are healthy but not yet well developed. Even 3 and 4 year old plants will be small in stature, approximating a 9-12 cm pot size.

Sowing and/or growing instructions
Sow in a pot or pots outside, half an inch deep at any time but as soon as possible on receipt as fresh seed germinates more readily. Keep moist and cool. Germination usually occurs in the first year, but top growth is rarely produced in that year, so do not despair and dispose of the pots if you see no signs of activity! It can take as much as two years before seedlings show their heads, but they will then grow more rapidly. Grow seedlings on in small individual pots and plant out in final position when large enough. If seed coats are very hard by the time you sow, try either soaking the seed overnight and/or very carefully nicking the seed coat. Such seeds will likely need two growing seasons to break double dormancy, so be patient!
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