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Deep, double red

Paeonia Garden Candy® Candy Apple

The reddest of red doubles.

Candy Apple is the first commercially available double red ITOH peony on the market from breeder Don Smith. And boy, is it red. Truly red, like an edible candy apple as delicious as the ones growing along the chocolate river in Wonka’s chocolate factory. The plant is perfectly round and the flowers are on stems held tight to the leaves for an overall rounded look. All the Garden Candy® ITOHS make perfect foundation and middle-of-the-border plants. Each flower is 4-6" wide and full of crimson red petals that last for weeks. Maroon fall color gives an added season of interest and don’t worry because like all the Garden Candy® peonies, Candy Apple is deer and mildew-resistant making it the perfect choice.

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Who Am I?

  • Common Name

    Candy Apple ITOH peony
  • Botanical Name

    Paeonia 'Smithopus10' PPAF
  • Type

  • Origin

    From the brilliant, patient breeding of New England's own Willy Wonka of flowers, Donald Smith. 

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer
  • Bloom Color


Cultural Details

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer
  • Size

    3' tall by 3' wide
  • Hardiness Zone

  • Light

    Full sun
  • Soil

    Average garden soil
  • Moisture

    Moist, but well drained and drought tolerant after established
  • Disease & Pests

    Mildew and deer resistant
  • Landscape Use

    Borders, foundations, middle to back of the border
  • Propagation

    Tissue Culture
  • Pruning


    Prune back any dead leaves to the ground in early spring, taking care not to disturb the new buds emerging from the soil. 

Available Photos

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