History of The Tree Peony
The Tree Peony has been grown in China as a medicinal
plant for over 2000 years.
At the time of the Sui Dynasty (AD581-618) cultivated
plants in the Imperial Gardens at Xiyan were considered
so important that Emperor Yang Ti issued a decree
giving them his personal protection.
During the following centuries, China prospered and
cultivation of new varieties flourished until Empress Ci Xi
eventually named the Tree Peony the national flower of
China in the nineteenth century.
When Mao's cultural revolution tried to ban ornamental
tree peony cultivation they were still grown under the guise
of medicinal plants.
Today, the Tree Peony is as popular as ever. Considered
the perfect Chinese New Year present it symbolises prosperity,
good fortune and love!