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Best Landscaper® 'Gordon E. Simonson'
Originator: (Anderson, 2010)
Group: Itoh Hybrid
Bloom period: Midseason 
Bloom week: 4 
Flower form: Semi-double
Height: Medium
USDA zone: 3 to 8
Item number: 5022


Semi-double; large flower, opens hot fuchsia pink. Stamens pale yellow, carpel prominent light green with pink stigma. Excellent form, large petals with good substance. Healthy foliage deeply cut, tree peony like, dark green. Vigorous and fast increasing, stout stems hold flowers above the canopy, will form a big bush. It retains a good appearance in Midwest summers, has a notably harmonious combination of attributes, mounding compact habit. A dazzling peony and a fine addition to a peony garden.

Awards, Best Use & Distinctions 
Best Landscaper®; Rare Variety; general garden and landscape use; perennial border.

Itoh Hybrid (Intersectional hybrid). Parentage: [unnamed Lactiflora Group seedling] x [unnamed Lutea Hybrid Group seedling]. Presumed infertile; no seed, no pollen.

Presumed near infertility: "The Itoh Hybrids have for long been known to be highly infertile. Recently, chromosome count findings show they are triploids, reason enough for the observations. Any seeds from Itohs pollination by either triploids or tetraploids are expected to include a share of tetraploids, possibly fertile. Suggestion: pollinate by one or another of their parental Lutea Hybrids or a mix thereof. Expect rare success, requires patience, but persistence is how we got the present generation of Itohs." (Don Hollingsworth, 2021)

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