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Paeonia Itoh 'Yankee Doodle Dandy'

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Plant Type: Peonies

Hybrids between Tree Peonies and herbaceous Peonies, known as Intersectional or Itoh Peonies, are superb, long-lived plants with the large, exotic blooms and refined foliage of Tree Peonies, but with stems that die back to the ground in fall like herbaceous Peonies. Making crosses between these two groups was a horticultural feat that proved remarkably difficult to accomplish. The quest for this elusive marvel began in Japan in the late 1940s with Mr. Toichi Itoh, and was picked up by American breeders. Don Hollingsworth introduced 'Garden Treasure' and 'Border Charm' in 1984. Rodger Anderson, an amateur breeder in Wisconsin, spent 12 patient years carrying out crosses, finally hitting the jackpot with yellow 'Bartzella', registered in 1986. Since then, other beautiful colors have been developed, but only a few have made it into commerce.


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Flower Color

Purple/pink

Foliage Color

green

Plant Spread

36"

Good Companions

other part shade or full sun plants

Plant Height

36"

Scape Height

Hardness Zone

4-8

Soil Moisture

well drained

Characteristics & Attributes


Attributes

Large 6" blooms

Bloom Time

Late spring/early summer

Critter Resistance

deer, rabbits

Exposure

part to full sun

Growth Rate

medium to fast

Seasonal Interests

late spring/early summer