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Edgeworthia chrysantha - Paper Bush
A cousin of Winter Daphne, Edgeworthia chrysantha, also known as Paper Bush, has to be one of our favorite plants in our gardens. More details below!!

Edgeworthia chrysantha - Paper Bush

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Edgeworthia chrysantha 

A cousin of Winter Daphne, Edgeworthia chrysantha, also known as Paper Bush, has to be one of our favorite plants in our gardens. During the warm season, the plant is adorned with long, plumeria-like leaves. The leaves drop in early winter to reveal both the wonderful bark and the large, silvery flower buds. In January, the flower buds begin opening to fragrant, golden-yellow, honeysuckle like flowers densely packed in round clusters that continue to April.

Choose a spot to plant Edgeworthia that offers some shade, preferably afternoon shade. Rich, well drained soil is a must. Provide supplemental water if leaves wilt during prolonged periods of dry weather in summer. Make sure to pick just the right spot for this plant because it does not like being transplanted once established. USDA Zones: 7a-10a  Find Your Zone >

Plant Details & Attributes

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7a-10a  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Flowering Shrub
Height at Maturity:  5-6'
Width at Maturity:  6-8'
Spacing:  8'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:   Broad with open form
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color:  Bright Yellow, Yellow, White
Flower Size:  Large clusters of small flowers
Flowering Period:  Late Winter thru Early Spring
Flower Type:  Cluster
Fragrant Flowers:  Yes - highly fragrant!
Foliage Color:  Medium Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Sun Needs:  Shade or Mostly Shade, Morning Sun with Afternoon Shade, Filtered All Day Sun
Water Needs:  Low when established. Needs more during drought periods
Soil Type:  Clay (Amended), Loam, Sand, Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist
Soil pH:  5.5 - 7.5 (Moderately Acid to Neutral)
Maintenance / Care:  Very Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Dry Soil, Heat, Heavy Shade, Insect


Edgeworthia chrysantha is most useful in shady areas of the landscape as a single, stand-alone specimen plant. It's a fine addition to the perennial shade garden. Place near windows, patios, decks, porches and other outdoor living areas where the fragrance can be enjoyed.

Other Landscape / Garden Uses:  Under Large Trees, Woodland Gardens, Shady Woodland Borders, Single Specimen, Small Groups

Theme Gardens:  Asian/Japanese Gardens, Cottage Gardens, Cut Flower Gardens, Fragrance or Sensory Gardens, Perennial Gardens, Rock Gardens, Shade Gardens, Tropical Look Gardens, Woodland Gardens

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