“A flower does not use words to announce its arrival to the world; it just blooms."
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Paperbush (Edgworthia chrysantha) Plant Profile
Paperbush (Edgeworthia chrysantha) has flowers that are fragrant and showy in the late winter landscape. The blooms resemble upside down parasols and are long-lasting – often hanging in for six to eight weeks in the garden.
The paperbush’s flaky, reddish-brown bark was used to make paper and is quite attractive. It is a plant of the woodland edge, often found growing along the banks of streams in its native habitats in China and the Himalayas. It prefers to be planted in dappled shade and well-drained soil. This shrub is not troubled by pests or diseases, and is long-lived under favorable conditions.
It is hardy to zones 7-10, though gardeners in zone 6 could attempt it if they can offer the paperbush a well-sheltered area of their property.
Edgeworthia offers multi-season appeal. When fully leafed out, the shrub has a tropical appearance. In the fall, its leaves turn bright yellow before they are shed.
Most cultivated forms of paperbush are yellow-flowering — a commonly available cultivar is ‘Gold Rush’ — there are also reddish-orange flowered varieties such for ‘Red Dragon’ and ‘Akebono’.
Edgeworthia: You Can Grow That!
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