Oriental Paper Bush

Edgeworthia chrysantha

Family: Thymelaeaceae
Genus: Edgeworthia (edj-WOR-thee-uh) (Info)
Species: chrysantha (kris-ANTH-uh) (Info)
Synonym:Edgeworthia papyrifera
Synonym:Edgeworthia tomentosa



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Gadsden, Alabama

Houston, Alabama

San Anselmo, California

San Leandro, California

Washington, District Of Columbia

Boca Raton, Florida

Athens, Georgia

Barnesville, Georgia

Clarkesville, Georgia

Decatur, Georgia

Mableton, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Mcdonough, Georgia

Roswell, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Barnstable, Massachusetts

Chilmark, Massachusetts

Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Brooklyn, New York

Asheboro, North Carolina

Burlington, North Carolina

Castle Hayne, North Carolina

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Charlotte, North Carolina

Greensboro, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Portland, Oregon

Salem, Oregon

Saunderstown, Rhode Island

Bluffton, South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina

Conway, South Carolina

Fair Play, South Carolina

Florence, South Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina

West Columbia, South Carolina

Hempstead, Texas

Tyler, Texas

Chesapeake, Virginia

Hood, Virginia

South Boston, Virginia

Springfield, Virginia

Kirkland, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 5, 2015, ColaShade206 from Columbia, SC wrote:

@paperBush57: How's your plant doing? I noticed you are in West Cola, SC. I'm in Columbia (in town) and just last week planted an Edgeworthia 'snow cream' as a focal point in a backyard shade garden. I'm very excited to see how it matures. Hope your plant is doing well.


On Jul 20, 2014, pdayrda from Ravenel, SC wrote:

I have not grown this, but want too. But very confused. I have read several articles and they all say prefers shade or light dappled sun. A lady here in charleston has one and it's planted in full shade and doing great.


On Jun 13, 2014, woodylover from Provincetown, MA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Having seen an edgeworthia (E. papyrifera) in MD, and guided by plant envy, I decided to try one up north, but since E. chrysantha was listed as hardier I decided to try it instead. What a nice plant: amazing spring blooms, intensely fragrant. I really like the contrast of it's large leaves to the more delicate plants in the garden. It's habit of branching in threes instead of opposite or alternate like most plants is also refreshing.


On Jun 1, 2014, hankbates from BARNSTABLE, MA wrote:

We planted one around 15 years ago in Barnstable, MA (Cape Cod, Zone 7) in an exposed location about 6 feet from the northeast wall of the house. The first winter it struggled, but after that it bloomed every year; it also survived one winter when it briefly reached -8.
When we sold the home a year and a half ago it had reached 8' in height and about 15' across.
In our new home (Yarmouth Port, 6 miles east) we planted a red flowering cultivar (some say this is E. papyrifera) which has struggled each spring to leaf out, and has not flowered. I have purchased another yellow flowering E. chrysantha 'Winter Gold" from the original source, we are anxious to see how they work out.


On Jan 23, 2014, paperBush57 from West Columbia, SC wrote:

Just bought an oriental paper bush.
how tolerant is it to late sunny afternoon with heat?


On Apr 28, 2013, dbvid from baton rouge, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Was growing beautifully, was covered with the white flower heads which were opening up with yellow flowers. Then we had a late surprise freeze and all the flower heads died. Now, after waiting for a year, I have to wait another year to see it bloom! This is in Baton Rouge,. Louisiana


On Mar 10, 2012, Bob60 from Cherry Hill, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

I planted two here in Cherry Hill New Jersey Zone 7A and they are doing great. It blooms in late Feb. into March before the leaves. We had a total of 6' of snow last year and did not harm it at all. Very easy shrub to grow.


On Apr 22, 2010, Bear_Mom from Roswell, GA wrote:

I planted this recently in our "east" bed. I am hoping it just needs some time as the leaves wilt now in full sun and it is only April! I am in the 7a-b zone.


On Mar 2, 2010, poeae from (Zone 8a) wrote:

Just a note to let others know that there are at least 2 specimens of this intriguing plant growing very well in the Four Seasons area at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens in Belmont, NC near Gastonia and Charlotte. Right now they are of course leafless but the un-opened white flowers are hanging from the tips of the limbs. Very striking plant and there have been many inquiries at DSBG on where to buy them. They might try to find a source to offer them at their annual plant sale in April


On May 22, 2009, JoeCastleHayne from Castle Hayne, NC wrote:

I Planted one last fall (Sep) and it held onto its leaves later than I expected it to. No leaf drop until they were frozen brown and crisp by a hard freeze sometime in December. It bloomed here in SE NC throughout Feb, and as expected smelled awesome. The DG profile list this plant as full sun but I suspect early morning sun only would be best. Mine gets full sun until around noon, and the newest growth looks very droopy from 11:00 until it is shaded by nearby trees. I saw a nursery plant growing in full shade and the leaves are much larger (2x) than mine, and this gives it a fuller look. When planting this shrub, I was worried about not having full sun (based on the exposure listing here). However, given my experience I wish I had planted it in an even more shaded location.... read more


On Jan 22, 2008, flwr_grdn from Beaverton, OR wrote:

Planted this in late summer in an opening in my border and it had a very difficult transition. Our weather here in Portland, OR vicinity has been changing, with extended periods of high heat (over 93) rather than the single days that we used to get. So about two weeks after I planted, it was really hit hard by several days of full sun in the upper 90's and started to seriously wilt. And, though now I read it doesn't like to be moved, I felt I had to move it or lose it. So I shifted it about six feet to be under the dappled shade of a Japanese maple. It was like a revelation! Came back splendidly. The maple it's next to is a burgundy color; other surrounding plants are older small pines. The tips of its branches have been positively glowing in the garden next to the other darker pla... read more


On Sep 19, 2007, Maureen62 from Portland, OR wrote:

My beautiful Edgeworthia did splendidly until I put totally composted and sterile dairy cow manure on as mulch. I'm guessing it blocked water absorption, but I am not sure. There are more babies growing
so instead of cutting off as suckers, I'll choose a strong one and start over. If anyone has any input on this tragedy as to why it happened, I would love to hear about it.


On Feb 25, 2006, TomH3787 from Raleigh, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

PlantFiles lists E. papyrifera as synonymous with E. chrysantha but there is disagreement about this. Some consider them to be separate species, with E. chrysantha having yellow flowers and being a bit more cold-hardy than E. papyrifera which has white flowers.


On Feb 21, 2005, satulacats from Athens, GA wrote:

This plant grows beautifully in zone 7b, Athens, GA, as well. Mine is planted in western exposure and is in full flower right now.


On Feb 20, 2005, msampler from Barnesville (High Falls), GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

The plant is just reaching nurseries in Georgia and is being displayed as a fragrant show plant. Has been grown in Europe for over 100 years (UK). Originally from China. Hardy to zone 8, flowers: Feb-Apr with both male and female organs. Likes the west side of a wall or building in well drained soil. Does not like root disturbance, plant once. Can be raised from seed but requires up to 12 months going thru 8-12 wks 20 C then 12-14 wks of 3 C. Take half-ripe cuttings in Spring. Also called the Golden Daphne. The flower head is extremely fragrant but delicate.


On Aug 18, 2001, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Deciduous spreading shrub from central China gets up to 6' tall. Clusters of fragrant creamy yellow flowers which are covered on the outside with silky hairs,appear on the ends of the branches in late winter and early spring. It has long narrow leaves and tough, flexible stems. This variety is used in Japan to make banknote paper. There is also a reddish-orange flowered form known as 'Red Dragon'.