Tree Peonies For 2020 Introduction
When we started our farm, we were fortunate to purchase 300-400 Tree Peony seedlings from a peony grower looking to retire.
As they mature, many of these seedlings are becoming special! Some varieties have so much merit, we’ve decided to register and introduce them to the market!
Which is where you come in!
We need your help naming these lovely plants.
Maybe you have a special loved one and would like a variety to carry their name?
Or maybe you’re a creative and would like to add your special flare to one of these tree peonies?
Either way, we’re stumped on names and are looking for inspiration amongst our Lyndaker Farms subscriber community!
Just pop your suggestions in the comments below! Or shoot them right to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
So - without further ado….
here are the Lyndaker Farms’ 2020 introductions!
Seedling #101-SC has large, lavender semi-double blooms, with dark purple basal flares. As the flowers mature they fade through to a pleasing cream. It’s overall appearance reminds us of classic variety “Shimane Chojuraku” but is much more lavender.
Petals are ruffled and attractively arranged around the golden center.
The Seedling is very cold tolerant. Currently it’s planted in one of coldest micro-climates in an area subject to the prevailing wind. Though we have lost some buds to late frost, the plant itself continues to grow and thrive.
Seeling #101-SC is fragrant and easily produces pollen and seed.
I loved this seedling but wasn’t sure whether its flower form - a single - would appeal to a wider gardening audience.
Quite the opposite, Seedling #493 turned out to be one of our most popular peonies on social media!
And really, there’s so much to love about this plant. The blooms combine salmon and light pink tones offset by beautiful gold stamens and maroon basal flares. The overall effect is ethereal.
The plant is exceptionally floriferous, very fragrant and a vigorous grower.
Seedling #493 tolerates strong winds, is very cold tolerant and easily produces pollen and seed!
The combination of the delicate flowers displayed on green foliage prompted one customer to suggest we name Seedling #493, “Pink Butterflies on Green Perch.” I love the sound of that. Anyone else agree?
The perfect mix of color, form fragrance and habit, Seedling #521 loosely formed double (and sometimes semi-double) blooms upright on an attractively formed tree.
Flowers are a lilac that, to my eye, have more blue and less pink than shown in the photographs above. Typical of Tree Peonies with Rockii heritage, the blooms sport deep purple flares at the base of each petal.
Seedling #521 is fragrant, blooms freely and produces both pollen and seed. This seedling is an early bloomer with exceptional cold tolerance. Even in unusually wet year, this plants shows great disease resistance.
In person, Seedling #650 is breathtaking - easily one of my current top 5 seedlings. However, I’ve been unable to adquately capture its beauty in pictures. Hopefully, my description can do it more justice.
Seedling #650’s has load of loosely double blooms that open a delicate lavender that fades through to a clean white as the flowers mature. Blooms have a sweet, pleasing fragrance and the flowers readily attract pollinator activity, despite being of double form
As shown in the 5th picture above, the flowers are unusually large - larger even than 10” dinner plate pictured below it! Petals form a “vortex” around the center of the bloom, causing one Peony Enthusiast to suggest “The Tornado” as the name for this variety
Not only are the flowers large and well formed, Seedling #650 produces loads of them. If I remember correctly we had nearly 20 flowers (or more?) in 2019. The large flower size combined with sheer numbers makes the plant come alive
The plant itself is excpetionally large/vigorous. with foliage trimmed in burgundy, accented by attractive burgundy stems. Even without the beautiful flowers, the plant has garden merit just for these characteristics alone.
The plant shows no signs of disease - even in 2019, an excessively wet year. Seedling #650 is easily fertile both ways.
Seedling #651 produces large full blooms on a somewhat petite plant. Flowers are semi-double to double, with doubles becoming common as the plant matures.
The flowers are fragrant and held proudly on the tree. Petals are crinkled an almost crepe paper-like in appearance. The tree produces a medium amount of flowers and is very disease resistant.
This variety readily produces pollen. We suspect it will also produce seed but need to observe further.
And I save d the best for last with Seedling #901-B. This lavender-pink double bloom combines beautiful color, outstanding form and excellent plant habit.
The frilly unusually colored petals are a lavender-pink when the flower first opens but fade to a lighter shade as the flower matures. In addition, the medium sized blooms are frgrant and produce pollen.
This plants habit is unusually upright and pleasing.
This is the only seedling we have named so far. As it’s my daughter’s favorite peony, she has asked that we name it “Catherine” after her.