Ancient tree bears 256 peony blossoms in central China

Have you been on the hunt for a lavish flower? You may come to Luoyang, a city known as China’s “city of peonies”.

A 120-year-old peony tree is bearing up to 256 blossoms at an “ancient peony garden” in the city.

The “peony king” is 2.7 meters tall and 3.7 meters wide.

“The shape of the branches looks natural but compelling, and the flowers are gorgeous.”

Staff at the Peony Park say the tree once had a record of nearly 300 flowers blossoming.

Luoyang used to be the imperial capital of 13 dynasties.

It’s is home to the country’s best peony trees.

The flower was preferred by royal families for its luxuriant blossoms, which symbolize prosperity and wealth.

The city holds an annual festival to celebrate the blooms. This year’s event kicked off earlier in April.

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