Tree Peony 'Purple Hat'

Tree Peony 'Purple Hat'

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This new Tree Peony is one to watch. The bush is nice and compact with plenty of flowers. The flowers show beautifully, facing upward or outward above the foliage. The fully double, magenta purple blooms are luminous and easily grow 20cm across, stealing the show.

The flowers open mid season, just after ‘Shimadaijin’. Because the bushes are so compact there is no need to stake. While the shorter stems aren’t great for picking, they are certainly garden worthy. Farmer Albert has been developing this one in his paddocks for over ten years, it is great to finally be able to offer it to you.

Tree Peonies bring imperial splendour to your garden. They also make wonderful cut flowers. They are a great choice for small gardens, because they are so slow growing, don’t take up much space and the seasonal flowers become a great focal point. They are great for large gardens too, because of their lasting display and, once established they can be left to their own devices so you can relax.

Tree Peonies differ from Herbaceous Peonies in that they have a woody base that remains year round, then, with the warmth of spring, it magically transforms into a shrub. Peonies on the other hand die all the way back to the ground.

Tree Peonies need cold winters and hot summers for best flowers. Water to establish, then you only need worry if rainfall is low. They have impressive dry tolerant once established. Best planted with protection from the hot afternoon sun, they don’t mind a filtered light position, though too much shade will result in less flowers.

They need well drained soil and a permanent garden position. Once established they will pretty much take care of themselves, the only pruning you need to do is aesthetic. You will need to add some fertiliser so you can enjoy the best of the blooms, we recommend you treat your Tree Peonies a bit like hungry teenage boys and feed them well!
Why so expensive? They are difficult to propagate and take years to establish. They are also slow growing, so need a time, some up to half a decade of love and devotion from our farmer before they are ready for your garden. The newer varieties are generally imported so in the first few years of growth incur extra costs.

Supplied as: Bare rooted
Size: na



Botantical name

Paeonia suffruticosa






Mid Season - Spring to Summer


Cool to Temperate


Australia wide

Frost hardiness

Fully Hardy


Full Sun to Semi Shade

Supplied as

Bare rooted



Water needs