Paeonia x suffruticosa
Paeonia x suffruticosa 'Cardinal Vaughan' - Fast Facts
Learn more about Paeonia X Suffruticosa
- Name: Paeonia x suffruticosa ‘Cardinal Vaughan’
- Bred by: It is a hybrid variety of tree peony.
- Introduced: The specific introduction date is unclear, but it belongs to the tree peony category which has been cultivated for centuries.
- Growth: This tree peony can reach heights of 4-5 feet with a similar spread.
- Blooms: Known for its large, showy flowers.
- Color: Rich, cardinal red petals.
- Foliage: Deep green leaves, offering a lush backdrop to its striking flowers.
- Flowering: Blooms in late spring to early summer.
- Climate: Hardy in USDA zones 4-8, prefers temperate climates.
- Disease Resistance: Fairly disease-resistant but can be susceptible to common peony ailments like botrytis blight.
- Growing Classification: Deciduous shrub.
- Origin/Distribution: Hybridized from species native to Asia, now widely grown in various parts of the world.
- Blooming Season: Primarily late spring.
Should you Buy One?
‘Cardinal Vaughan’ is a spectacular choice for any garden enthusiast looking to add a touch of drama and elegance. Its cardinal red blooms are a visual delight and can be a focal point in any garden. It’s relatively easy to care for and can add both height and color to your garden landscape.
Peony 'Cardinal Vaughan' Specific Care
Tree peonies like ‘Cardinal Vaughan’ prefer well-drained, fertile soil and a sunny to partly shaded location. They require less frequent watering than herbaceous peonies and should be pruned minimally, mainly to remove dead wood and shape the plant.
General Peonies Care Tips
- Soil: Plant in fertile, well-drained soil with a neutral to slightly alkaline pH.
- Sunlight: Full sun to partial shade; too much shade can reduce flowering.
- Watering: Water deeply but infrequently, allowing soil to dry out between watering.
- Fertilization: Apply a low-nitrogen fertilizer in early spring.
- Pruning: Cut back herbaceous peonies in fall; prune tree peonies minimally.
- Support: Tree peonies generally do not need staking but may require protection from strong winds.
FAQs about Paeonia x suffruticosa 'Cardinal Vaughan'
Mulch around the base to protect the roots, but avoid covering the graft union.
Yes, they can be propagated by grafting or division, though it’s a more complex process than with herbaceous peonies.
Yes, due to its upright growth habit, it can be a good choice for smaller spaces, offering height without taking up too much ground space.
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