tree peony


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

Examples of tree peony in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Peonies come in several forms, including herbaceous peonies, tree peonies, and Itoh peonies (which are intersectional hybrids), among others. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 22 May 2024 Or grow a tree peony, a larger shrub with woody stems and enormous flowers. Katherine Owen, Southern Living, 4 Apr. 2024 In addition to its antihypertensive effects, tree peony also has anti-inflammatory properties. Discover Magazine, 30 June 2023 See tree peonies, daylilies, gingko and mulberry trees. Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 In traditional Chinese medicine, tree peony has been used for centuries to treat various ailments, including high blood pressure. Discover Magazine, 30 June 2023 There are three main types: Herbaceous peonies, which die back to the ground in the fall and are the easiest type to grow; tree peonies, which have a bushy shape and woody stems that don’t die back in the fall. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, 16 May 2023 Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania Just southwest of Philadelphia, Swarthmore's Scott Arboretum nurtures idyllic gardens of hydrangea, lilacs, and tree peonies, along with a courtyard devoted to fragrant trees and shrubs. Travel + Leisure Editors, Travel + Leisure, 27 Mar. 2023 Nearby an apple orchard was planted, and surrounding the house, Brooks deployed a primarily white, minimal palette with a bit of black and green, planting Iris germanica, rockii tree peonies, Wisteria sinensis ‘Alba,’ and Aster umbellatus. Chloe Schama, Vogue, 2 Mar. 2023

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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 27 May. 2024.

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