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 is 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 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.