The peony tree is the national flower of China; at one time, only the emperor was allowed to grow them. They are technically a shrub rather than a tree, and can live to be over 200 years old.
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It can take up to 4 years for a peony tree to begin producing flowers. Peony trees have large flowers that can be a wide range of colors including yellow, purple, maroon and green. The flowers are fragrant and can be single or double.
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