‘Canary’ has some of the brightest clear yellow flowers among the Saunders peonies.  It is also a very upright plant as seen in the lower photo taken at Winterthur in 2017. Silvia Saunders wrote that it was a “perfection of form and subtance” and Bill Gratwick called it “a showy thing”. She also wrote that the petals are perfectly heart shaped and about 5 or 6 inches in length with large and broad foliage, conspicuous handsome and heavy stems.

Cultivar: Canary
Year: 1940
Seedling No: 272  lutea X tree peony (Moutan)
Group: Roman Gold
Flower: Color: bright yellow, dark red flares creating a star effect
Form: single, about 10 petals
Blooms: Week 5
Carpels: very light green
Stigmas: cream
Sheath: cream
Stamens: filaments dark red same as flares, short, long anthers
Plant: Habit: upright
Foliage color: medium green
Foliage form: “large and broad, a good deal of red” (Reath and Saunders); wider than average on my plant
Height: 24″ on 4 year plant
Recommendation: Collectors’ plant
Availability: Few nurseries specializing in woody peonies