Morning Lilac presents the colour Lilac better than any other peony and one thing is for certain, photographs and pictures of it, do not do it justice. This Itoh is one of the earlier flowering Itohs and was first hybridized in 1999 (Anderson). Itohs have a larger range of colours, longer flowering periods and present a bushier more floriferous plant. They carry foliage similar to that of the Tree Peony however die back to ground level just as their herbaceous cousins. Itoh’s are more likely to flower much better in warmer and more temperate climates. They also have a higher tolerance to disease.