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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 Paper Bush
Edgeworthia chrysantha 

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-10a  Find Your Zone

Note: For our customers who live and garden North of USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 7a, where this Edgeworthia is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and place back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.

Special Attributes

A cousin of Winter Daphne, Edgeworthia chrysantha, also known as Paper Bush, is one of our all-time favorite plants in our gardens. It's truly a a multi-season color and fragrance factory. In January, white flower buds begin opening to wonderfully fragrant, golden-yellow, honeysuckle like flowers densely packed in round clusters that continue to April. We've yet to meet a person who didn't like the perfume the flowers emit. During the warm season, the plant is adorned with long, plumeria-like leaves that provide a lush, tropical look in shady areas. The leaves turn yellow in fall before dropping in early winter to reveal both the wonderful bark and the large, silvery-white flower buds at the tips of every stem on the plant. 

Tip:  Cut a few stems with buds off to enjoy the fragrance in indoor floral arrangements.  

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing in a large mound 5 to 6 feet tall and almost twice as wide, Edgeworthia is ideal for use as an accent or specimen in medium size landscape spaces and home foundation plantings, and in groupings or as natural hedges in larger spaces. Place near windows, patios, decks, porches and other outdoor living areas where the fragrance can be enjoyed. A fine addition to fragrance, cut flower, woodland, cottage and tropical-look gardens. 

Suggested Spacing:  5-6' for solid hedges;  12' or more for space between plants

Cultural Preferences

Edgeworthia is exceptionally easy to grow in moist but well-drained soils rich in organic matter and shade or part shade. Morning sun is fine but avoid direct afternoon sun. The established plants in our gardens rarely require watering however young plants might require supplemental irrigation during prolonged periods of summer drought. If leaves wilt and droop during a drought, a watering will perk them back up within minutes. Be careful 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 >

Note:  Find helpful advice from our experts under the Planting & Care tab above on desktops and below on mobile phones. 

Plant Details

USDA Plant 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

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