Hybrid suffruticosa, Japanese Tree Peony 'Shima Nishiki'

Paeonia suffruticosa

Family: Paeoniaceae
Genus: Paeonia (pay-OHN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: suffruticosa (suf-roo-tee-KO-sa) (Info)
Cultivar: Shima Nishiki
Additional cultivar information:(aka Dao jin, Fire-Flame, Shimanishiki)
Hybridized by Unknown
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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Bloom Color:


White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mobile, Alabama

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Stamford, Connecticut

Peachtree City, Georgia

South Amana, Iowa

Fallston, Maryland

Detroit, Michigan (2 reports)

Rochester, New York

West Monroe, New York

Boone, North Carolina

, Nova Scotia

Coshocton, Ohio

Jamestown, Ohio

Hillsboro, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Narvon, Pennsylvania

State College, Pennsylvania

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 6, 2013, cathy166 from Stamford, CT (Zone 6b) wrote:

This tree peony grows reliably each year, and it is possible to tell the number of buds early in the spring growth. There is no question in my mind that this is a graft. Blooms are large in all cases with the red being slightly smaller. They are pink, red or mixed as you would expect on this variety. How many pink and red mixed and the type of patterning is unpredictable but always a treat.


On Sep 6, 2012, trailingon from dobie, ON (Zone 3a) wrote:

I have had this in my zone 2b garden for 3 years now and it gets better every year. I do not mulch or anything for winter. One of my favorite peonies.


On Oct 3, 2011, midwestfarmwife from Jamestown, OH wrote:

Purchased a 2-3 yr. Shima Nishiki which had 2 lovely blooms the following May in zone 6. It is planted on the west side of the house that gets some afternoon shade. Be sure to plant the graft at least 3.5" below the soil. Tree peonies dislike being waterlogged, so plant where drainage is good.


On Oct 24, 2010, krakatowa from kamloops, british columbia,
Canada wrote:

I have only just now planted this variety of tree peony (late October). I am in Growing Zone 4 (Kamloops, B. C., Canada) and was told to expect a single bloom in the Spring. I am wondering about the recommended way of overwintering. I intend to mulch with leaves from my red maple, surrounded by burlap.


On Jun 4, 2009, rjcasey87 from Detroit, MI (Zone 6b) wrote:

This plant blooms a bit earlier than my other 3 tree peonies, and after 13 years, it is a good deal taller than the other 2 planted at the same time. It has also developed one "sport" branch of beautiful solid magenta blossoms that I may try air-layering to grow as a separate plant.


On Apr 22, 2009, mhubbard from Portland, OR wrote:

One of my favorite flowers. This is the 3rd year in the garden and each year I get more and more flowers. Expecting about 20 this year. Plant is growing well in full sun.


On Apr 7, 2008, chicochi3 from Fayetteville, AR (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is an easy, maintenance-free plant. It'll take a beating and still look great!


On Jul 30, 2006, BobGelhard from Onancock, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Absolutely beautiful plant. Mine is 3 years old and has 15 or more blooms each year. I plan to collect seed this year (Aug. 2006) and try propagation. I am disturbed by the size of the seeds -very small- however we shall see.

Bob Gelhard


On May 14, 2006, linjasar from Upper Saint Clair, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Beautiful plant. No maintenance at all. Growing and blooming in the shade with some afternoon sun. Produced 1 bud last year, the first full year after I bought it, and it produced 9 this year.


On Apr 1, 2006, marabell from Narvon, PA wrote:

this plant is absolutely beautiful and is one of the first plants to bloom in the spring. It is also extremely low maintenance.


On May 31, 2003, crestedchik from Cedar Key, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Has gotten larger and had more blooms each year,low maintenance