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Edgeworthia chrysantha (Paperbush)

Paperbush, Paper Bush, Oriental Paper Bush

Edgeworthia chrysantha, Paperbush, Paper Bush, Oriental Paper Bush, Winter Flowers, Fragrant Shrub, Yellow Flowers, Flowering Shrub
Edgeworthia chrysantha, Paperbush, Paper Bush, Oriental Paper Bush, Winter Flowers, Fragrant Shrub, Yellow Flowers, Flowering Shrub

Providing winter interest and fragrance, Edgeworthia chrysantha (Paperbush) is a bushy, suckering, deciduous shrub, prized for its luminous, rounded inflorescences, 2 in. across (5 cm), packed with fragrant, silky white and yellow flowers (up to 40 per flower head). Blooming on naked stems over long periods, at least 4-6 weeks in late winter and early spring, they open from silvery flower buds that begin to form in late summer and are ornamentally attractive in fall and winter. In the summer, the plant is covered in beautiful, narrowly oval, dark blue-green leaves, 6 in. long (15 cm), with silvery undertones. In fall, the leaves drop to reveal a wonderfully structured plant that develops sweet-smelling winter flowers. Superb in shape and form, Paperbush is a wonderful plant to combine with shade-tolerant evergreens and wildflowers. It is widely grown in Japan to make paper, hence the common name.

  • Grows up to 4-6 ft. tall and wide (120-180 cm).
  • Full sun or light dappled shade lover, this plant is easily grown in humus-rich, loamy, well-drained soils. Protect from strong winds.
  • Perfect as a specimen plant, for shrub borders, foundation plantings, or containers.
  • Virtually pest and disease free.
  • Propagate by root greenwood and semi-ripe nodal stem-tip cuttings in summer in free-draining compost.
  • No routine pruning is necessary. Remove diseased, damaged, congested or crossing shoots. .
  • Native to China.

Requirements

Hardiness 7 - 10
Heat Zones 8 - 10
Climate Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Thymelaeaceae
Genus Edgeworthia
Common names Paper Bush
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Height 4' - 6'
(120cm - 180cm)
Spread 4' - 6'
(120cm - 180cm)
Spacing 48" - 72"
(120cm - 180cm)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Full Shade
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Edgeworthia chrysantha ‘Red Dragon’ (Paperbush)

Recommended Companion Plants

Acorus gramineus ‘Ogon’ (Golden Variegated Sweet Flag)
Stachyurus praecox (Early Stachyurus)

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 - 10
Heat Zones 8 - 10
Climate Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Thymelaeaceae
Genus Edgeworthia
Common names Paper Bush
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Height 4' - 6'
(120cm - 180cm)
Spread 4' - 6'
(120cm - 180cm)
Spacing 48" - 72"
(120cm - 180cm)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Full Shade
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage
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