Oriental Paper Bush
Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Winter Gold'

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

Category:

Shrubs

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:

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:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Foliage:

Deciduous

Other details:

Flowers are fragrant

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Regional

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

Pelham, Alabama

Waverly, Alabama

Atlanta, Georgia

Lilburn, Georgia

Porterdale, Georgia

Tucker, Georgia

Davidson, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Portland, Oregon (2 reports)

Salem, Oregon

Saunderstown, Rhode Island

North Augusta, South Carolina

South Boston, Virginia

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Feb 7, 2011, LeeLeeRob from Tucker, GA wrote:

This is amongst my favorite plants and I can't imagine a winter without it. It blooms with closed buds all winter long, opening up in February with delicious fragrance. It can get a tad droopy in the worst heat of summer sometimes, but it always recovers. The foliage is dark and attractive. The blooms are drop dead gorgeous above the snow. I like to keep it to a single stem and vase shaped, but can't bear to cut off the ground shoots until the blooms are gone. I've managed to root a couple just by pruning them off and sticking them in the ground nearby.

Positive

On Feb 20, 2010, sweetpea48 from Mcdonough, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is the first time my Edgeworthia has bloomed, and it is pretty satisfying so far. I erroneously put it in full sun last spring when I planted it, and it really should have been in part shade, at least. I watered and watered it and managed to keep it alive until all of a sudden it stopped needing so much (it wilts really quickly when thirsty). Apparently it's roots got deep enough to manage without me. I have a true genius for badly siting plants, and I'm glad this one survived my affliction.

The flowerheads formed last summer, and are pretty showy throughout the winter by themselves on the bare branches. They appear at the tip of each branch, where they seem to glow, particularly at dusk. Very, very nice.

And they smell divine!