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Best Landscaper® 'First Arrival'
Originator: (Anderson, 1986)
Group: Itoh Hybrid
Bloom period: Midseason
Bloom week: 4 to 5
Flower form: Semi-double
Height: Medium
USDA zone: 3 to 8
Item number: 2936


Semi-double; large flower, lavender pink blooms fade in the sun to lighter shades of pink. Deeply cut dark green foliage, reminiscent of the tree peony ancestor, remains healthy through the growing season. Stems sturdy, hold blooms close to foliage for a pleasing effect. Compact and excellent habit, large bush, taller than other Itoh hybrid peonies. Grows well, an outstanding performer in the garden.

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

Parentage: 'Martha W' x [Reath hybrid tree peony]. No pollen or seed observed.

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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