tree peony


: a shrubby Chinese peony (Paeonia suffruticosa) that has large showy flowers and is the source of many horticultural varieties

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Both kinds of peony bear similar flowers; the tree peony produces slightly larger blooms. Sunset Magazine, 13 July 2022 The tree peony is less dependent on winter chilling to grow and bloom successfully, and is therefore a much better choice for interior Southern California. Sunset Magazine, 13 July 2022 Itoh peonies — hybrids from a tree peony bred with an herbaceous peony, created by Japanese horticulturist Dr. Toichi Itoh — are sprinkled throughout. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 26 May 2022 My tree peony has had as many as 36 giant blooms in years past. oregonlive, 9 May 2021 There’s a long list of potential reasons for fewer than usual flowers on a tree peony. oregonlive, 9 May 2021 Sir Frederick Stern' is a particularly hardy tree peony with flowers that open to reveal a purple heart in the middle. Johanna Silver, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Apr. 2020 Hybrids between old-fashioned garden peonies and shrubby tree peonies are popping up around some of the tulips, ready to carry the mantle of color as the former fade. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, 27 Apr. 2020 Itoh Peonies Also known as intersectional peonies, these hybrids combine the vigor of herbaceous peonies with the sturdiness and color range of tree peonies. Johanna Silver, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Apr. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1811, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tree peony was in 1811

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“Tree peony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

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