Paeonia suffruticosa ‘Red’

(Red Tree Peony)


Hardiness Zones:

 4a  4b  5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b

Quick Overview:

Its large red blossoms are gorgeous and can be up to 8” wide. This exotic looking shrub is a deciduous woody shrub and creates a true statement in any garden either on its own, or accompanied in a partial shaded garden. Tree Peonys require some patience, as they are slow growers and may not flower until after two years of growth, but once mature it can host up to 50 flowers.

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Best grown in deep, fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerant of summer heat. Add compost as needed before planting. Larger shrubs appreciate some shelter from strong winds. Unlike herbaceous peonies, the stems of tree peonies (which are woody shrubs) do not die to the ground in winter and should not be cut back after frost. No pruning is required, except to cut out dead wood or suckers in early spring. If plants become leggy, a moderate pruning in early fall can be done to shape plant and encourage additional growth on the lower part of the plant. Remove spent flowers after bloom. These long-lived plants usually take several years to establish, and are best left undisturbed once planted. Moreover, plant roots go deep and transplanting can be difficult.  (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Gardens Plant Finder)

Additional information

Common Name

Red Tree Peony

Botanical Name

Paeonia suffruticosa


2 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Sun to Part Shade





Soil Condition


Water Needs


Blooming Period

mid spring

Flower Color

scarlet red



Foliage Color


Deer Resistant


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