Peonies forum: Paeonia suffruticosa 'Souvenir de Maxime Cornu', 2017

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Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

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frankrichards16
May 25, 2017 4:23 PM CST
Paeonia suffruticosa 'Souvenir de Maxime Cornu', 2017, (3-DB-Y) Japanese Tree [Peony] KIN-KAKU

A French heirloom hybrid from Louis Henry that dates back to 1907. Named after the Professor Maxime Cornu, director of the Jardin des Plantes, France's main botanical garden. Found its way to Japan in the 1920's and renamed Kinkaku. Not sure when it reached the US.

Purchased from Tree Peony Gardens (now shuttered) in 2014.

First bloom in 2017... wow! This is a keeper:)


Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
May 25, 2017 5:11 PM CST
Beautiful! It took the peony 3 years to bloom?
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

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frankrichards16
May 25, 2017 5:38 PM CST
Actually 2.6 years. And, this was a big root that I planted.
Name: Anya
Fairbanks, AK (Zone 3b)
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anyagoro
May 25, 2017 8:08 PM CST
Wow! Such a beauty! I could wait longer if I had it in my garden! Unfortunately, no tree peonies for me in this climate.
Name: Anya
Fairbanks, AK (Zone 3b)
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anyagoro
May 25, 2017 8:29 PM CST
Frank, I got interested in this cultivar and looked at the registration page of APS:

Originator: Henry
Date: 1897
Group: Lutea Hybrid
Description: Lemoine 1897, 1917; Old Farm Nursery 1924; Bobbink & Atkins 1940-43; Oberlin 1941; Cottage Gardens 1942; Farr 1938-41; Wayside Gardens 1943.
Reference: 1944-B095:47
http://www.americanpeonysociet...

It's a very beautiful cultivar!

Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
May 26, 2017 8:14 PM CST
I love its colors. I have wanted to grow this TP but have been hesitant because of its droopy flower habit. But your tree's flower presentation is upward facing and very nice.
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Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

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frankrichards16
May 27, 2017 6:20 AM CST
@kousa

the flower was hanging down almost to the ground. When I pulled it up for a look, it snapped off.

So, I put it on top of the plant for a photo:)

the flowers are all pendulous, so cancel your order!

Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
May 27, 2017 8:57 AM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Your placement of it was so well done that I would never have known.
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
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LizinElizabeth
May 27, 2017 10:44 AM CST
Its flowers are so pretty though... How tall does it get? Could it be elevated so that the flowers are more prominent? I really liked Alice Harding when I saw it in person, it droops as well and is a very short plant to begin with so I put it on the edge of a retaining wall so that it's almost eye level. Could this one be similarly treated so that the drooping isn't as much of an issue?
LizB
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

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frankrichards16
May 27, 2017 11:28 AM CST
the plants seems to grow to 2-3 feet

If you take a look at this link and scroll to the bottom of the page, there is a good photo of a mature plant.

http://www.paeon.de/aaa/02369....

@LizinElizabeth @kousa
Toronto, Ontario (Zone 5b)
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Jasmin
May 27, 2017 1:04 PM CST
Mine is 3.5x3.5 and that is my smallest peony.

The one in the picture http://www.paeon.de/aaa/02369.... must be at least, at least three times wider than mine. Here is a brilliant example how Souvenir de Maxime Cornu may be used. Please go to:

http://www.gapphotos.com/index...

and search for Souvenir de Maxime Cornu. In the first row you will see the picture of the peony hanging down over a brick wall, framing the stairs. The colors of the brick and peony flowers are going together so well. Love that photo.

If you plan something like that, please keep in mind that the flowers will turn and hang towards south. I tried to plant Souvenir de Maxime Cornu so that the flowers cascade into my sunken garden, but it didn't work, because they were turning towards south, not towards my sunken garden which is north-east. Now they are hanging towards south and the pathway. I still can enjoy it when I pass by. I bend, lift a flower and admire it.

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."~Albert Einstein
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Enjoys or suffers cold winters Winter Sowing Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader Irises
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LizinElizabeth
May 27, 2017 1:38 PM CST
Great tips, Jasmin. I'll certainly keep them in mind! Definitely don't want the very top of this peony at eye level since it's all foliage, needs to be a bit higher.
LizB
Name: oscar
beamsville Ontario canada (Zone 6a)
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ol434445
Jun 2, 2017 2:55 PM CST
It's a shame this is what SMC looks like
Thumb of 2017-06-02/ol434445/0518e1

But for the photo shoot it can look like this
Thumb of 2017-06-02/ol434445/a04ff5

Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Jun 2, 2017 2:59 PM CST
Wow, that's a fantastic photo shoot of SMC! That is a catalog worthy photo for sure. If I see this, I would very much want to acquire this gorgeous specimen. Wish it is not so droopy! Great job, Oscar! Love, love it!
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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frankrichards16
Jun 2, 2017 4:16 PM CST
They do make great cut flowers. Also great floaters.
Toronto, Ontario (Zone 5b)
Peonies Roses Clematis Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Bee Lover
Cat Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Enjoys or suffers cold winters Region: Canadian Permaculture Garden Ideas: Level 2
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Jasmin
Jun 2, 2017 6:29 PM CST
Still the best peony flower. Still unparalleled.
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."~Albert Einstein

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