Strawberry Creme Brulee

Availability available spring 2019

Peony 'Strawberry Creme Brulee' photo courtesy of Valleybrook Gardens
Peony 'Strawberry Creme Brulee' photo courtesy of Valleybrook Gardens

Peony 'Strawberry Crème Brulee' blooms open dark pink and matures to creamy salmon-pink with burgundy flecks. Since blooms open over several weeks you will have several different bloom colors at a time. Bloom types also vary from single blooms to fully double blooms. Most blooms are semi-doubles. This Itoh peony blooms heavily. It averages 3-4 flowers per stem, although sometimes there will be as many as six blooms.

  • Height: 80-85 cm (31-33 in)
  • Spread: 80-100 cm (31-39 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: zone 3
  • Sun or Shade: full sun
  • Bloom Colour: dark pink aging to salmon
  • Bloom Time: June
  • Flower Form: semi - full double
  • Leaf Colour: dark green

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Peony 'Strawberry Creme Brulee' is an intersectional hybrid also known as an Itoh Peony. It should be planted with the eyes 3.5 to 5 cms below ground level. If the eyes have begun to grow they may stick up above the ground. All peonies are heavy feeders and grow best in rich, well drained soil that has been amended with compost. An annual top dressing of compost will help to keep them blooming well. A location in full sun to afternoon shade is ideal. Too much shade will make the plants lanky and bloom production will be affected. While the stems are woody this peony does die almost to the ground in the fall. When winters are mild buds may sprout part way up the stems so we recommend cutting the plants back in the spring after the new growth has started. Unlike tree peonies there is no graft so this plant can be divided after a few years although we recomend leaving the plant to increase into an impressive clump.