Tree Peony

I was given a tree peony 5 years ago that consistently produces beautiful pink flowers. Like most of the other peonies I have in my flower bed, several starts come up from the ground (possibly from the root) every year. Can I transplant these “starts” without damaging the original peony?

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Tree peonies are usually grafted onto the roots of an herbaceous peony (Paeonia lactiflora). Shoots arising from these roots would have slightly different leaves and definitely a different flower than your tree peony. Remove these shoots to prevent them from outgrowing and overshadowing your tree peony. You could try rooting the shoots and see what develops.

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