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The foliage of Edgeworthia is attractive, but this is a plant grown for its flowers. The flowers appear on the branch tips like little suns. Individual flowers are tubular bright yellow aging to creamy white, densely packed in globosely shaped heads.
The flowers are fragrant and open late winter around February in the NW from buds that have been obvious from the previous year. Edgeworthia is not difficult to grow and it is a joy waiting for their moment of glory when flowering. They definitely possess that 'weird' appeal that collectors love. In China it is used to make paper and medicine.
Edgeworthia chrysantha: Very fragrant Daphne-like yellow to cream flowers in late winter.
Flowers are born on branch tips. Grows to 5’ tall.
‘Ruby Splash’ – Red-flowering form that is very rare and hard to find. Growth is a bit more delicate than species.
Edgeworthia papyrifera: Lightly fragrant pale yellow flowers in February.
Flowers are smaller than E. chrysantha, flower buds are fuzzier and clusters tend to droop. Can reach 10’ tall.
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Genus: Edgeworthia – Named for M.P. Edgeworth (1812-81) and English amateur botanist employed by the East India Company.
Common Name: Chinese Paper Bush, Yellow Daphne
Origin: Found in the woodlands of the Himalayas and China.
Foliage: Deciduous, alternate, simple, narrowly oblong, dark greenish blue. Leaves lend a tropical look during summer and fall. 8-13 cm long and 2-5 cm wide.
Flowers: Each flower is about 1.5 cm long, white on the outside with a yellow center, lacks petals. Occur in round clusters at branch tips. Blooms in February before leaves appear.
Fruit: Drupe – an outer fleshy skin surrounds a hard seed. Cherry fruit is drupe.
Stem: Multi-stemmed slender, reddish brown, furry towards the tips, leaf-scars leave a raised impression.
Light: Full sun or part shade
Soil: Provide deep moist soil with high organic matter.
Disease: None serious
Hardiness: Hardy to USDA Zone 7
Pruning: Prune or divide out suckers from the soil. Any other pruning if needed should be done after blooming