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Common name: Tree PeonyType: ShrubAspect: TolerantColour: YellowSeason: SpringSoil: Well-drainedSize: MediumDelivery: Mail order or collection from the car park onlyImage: Bernd Haynold Dual License GFDL and CC-by-sa
Large deciduous and upright shrub that will grow into a large rounded shape with attractive, large and deeply cut leaves. Single, large bowl-shaped yellow flowers form in early summer.
Paeonia ludlowii var. luteais fully hardy, as would be expected of a plant that grows wild in South-East Tibet, where it is locally known as 'lumaidao' which translates as "Godís flower", whilst rather more prosaically, but perhaps more descriptively, the Chinese common name 'da hua huang mu dan' translates as 'big yellow-flowered peony' English common names also include 'Tibetan Tree Peony' - all of which illustrates why the nursery trade, and the wider botanical world, stick to internationally recognised Latin scientific names!
Paeonia ludlowii var. lutea will grow well in full sun or partial shade and prefers rich well drained soils - mulching with well rotted naure, as always, will yield major dividends. In the wild they are foun in locally abundant colonies in open forests, and thickets on dry rocky slopes at elevations of 3000-3500m. Full height here in East Anglia is about 2m with a not dissimilar width.
Paeonia ludlowii is one of the plants defies easy classification, being in part a woody shrub, as well as exhibiting some of the characteristics of herbaceous plants, send out new grow from below ground each spring. Every 2-3 years we cut our specimen plant back hard, when the lignified stems are about 1.5m tall - this seems to do no harm whatsoever, the plant responding with a vigorous flush of new growth from the cut stems.
We are a small and very busy working nursery and we do not have the capacity to continually update pot size information on our web shop as we are continually propagating and potting plants up. Therefore any one plant type may be in different pot sizes at different times of year. However, we hope the following notes will be useful
1. We do not sell any plants in 'plug' sizes - all our plants are of a size that is appropriate for planting out in the garden.
2. Early in the year herbaceous perennials may be in 9cm (1/2 litre) or one litre pots. As we enter summer a lot of herbaceous perennials move on to 2 litre, 3 litre and occasionally 4 or even 5 litre pots.
3. Shrubs are generally in 2 litre pots at minimum, moving up to 3, 4 and 5 litres as appropriate, occasionally 7.5 litres or even 10 litres
4. Our smallest trees may be in 3 litre pots but are generally in 7.5 to 10 litre pots, some moving on to 15 litres and occasionally 20 litres
5. Flowering dogwoods, one of our specialities, are in pots ranging from 7.5 litres to 15 or occasionally 20 litre pots.
If you want to know the specific pots size of a plant please use the 'contact us' feature on the web shop, or call us on 01953 488163, although as we spend so much time on the nursery...you guessed it... propagating and potting up plants you may need to leave a message which we will endeavour to answer the same day.
Our minimum charge for sending plants by overnight courier is £9.95 which will cover the cost of up to 10 small plants, for example herbaceous perennials. This is an overnight service from when your plants leave the nursery which is normally Thursday, to arrive Friday - all ready for a great weekend in the garden.
The amount charged is calculated on the notional weight of plants, and you will find that a number of small plants, for example herbaceous perennials in 9cm, one litre or even two litre pots, can be bought for the same £9.95 shipping charge.
Adding additional plants to your order will progressively, but moderately, increase the shipping charge, but this is made entirely explicit in your shopping basket, where you can add or remove items and watch how the shipping charge alters accordingly. The maximum charge for delivery is £18.95 which would cover an unlimited number of plants.
Due to the fact that, including the cost of the boxes and so on, we pay considerably more than £9.95 for each shipment, our delivery charges are in effect subsidised by us. For that reason we have to ask for a minimum purchase of £25 before delivery in order minimise our losses.
For shipping to remoter addresses, for examples Highlands and Islands, Northern Ireland and so on, please contact us and we will be able to provide you with a quotation.