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Paeonia × lemoinei 'Souvenir de Maxime Cornu' (S)

peony 'Souvenir de Maxime Cornu'

peony 'Souvenir de Maxime Cornu'


  • Other common names peony 'Souvenir de Maxime Cornu'

  • Synonyms Paeonia × suffruticosa 'Kinkaku'
    Paeonia 'Kinkaku'

  • Family Paeoniaceae

  • Genus Paeonia may be herbaceous perennials or deciduous sub-shrubs with large, divided leaves and showy large bowl-shaped flowers, usually in early summer

  • Horticultural Group Shrubby peonies are sparsely branched deciduous shrubs leaves divided into several finger-like lobes, and bowl-shaped flowers in late spring or early summer

  • Details

    'Souvenir de Maxime Cornu' is an upright, branching, deciduous shrub to 2m tall with divided green leaves. Large, fragrant, double flowers borne from late spring into early summer have ruffled, dusky yellow to pale orange petals edged with pink


  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Columnar/Upright

  • Fragrance Flower

  • Toxicity All parts can cause mild stomach upset if eaten

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)




  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered


  • Sand


  • Clay


  • Chalk


  • Loam


  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Clay, Chalk, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height 1.5-2.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 1.5-2.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in humus-rich, well-drained fertile soil. Lime-tolerant. Best in full sun though tolerates partial shade, and needs protection from cold, drying wind

Propagation Propagate by grafting, from semi-ripe cuttings or try layering

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1

Pests The foliage can be damaged by various caterpillar pests. Roots can be eaten by swift moth caterpillars

Diseases Can be affected by a virus (peony ringspot virus), peony wilt, verticillium wilt and honey fungus

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