Related to the daphne and with fragrant flowers Edgeworthia chrysantha is commonly called the Paper Bush. It is related to Daphne and the flower clusters do look similar.
The flowers form as terminal clusters, and this deciduous shrub flowers in late winter to spring.
The species itself has golden yellow flowers, although the cultivar ‘Red Dragon’ has red to Orange flowers and both have the same growth habit.
Originally from the Himalayas, China and Japan where the plant is called ‘Mitsumata’ and interestingly the bark is used to make a type of handmade (Washi) paper in Japan this is called ‘Yuzen’ papers sometimes called ‘Chiyogami’ .
These are a plant that do require a little protection from very hot winds and cold winds. A sunny proceeded position works well.
- Dig the soil over well before planting, removing weeds and adding some compost.
- Plant and water in with a liquid seaweed fertiliser.
- Mulch around the plant to maintain a cool moist root run.
- Provide moisture through dry summer periods as required.
From seed, or from cuttings taken in summer.
- Botanical Name – Edgeworthia chrysantha (syn. Edgeworthia papyrifera)
- Common Name – Paper Bush
- Position – Full sun to afternoon shade.
- Soil – Humus rich moist and well drained.
- Height – To around 1.5 to 2 metres
- Spread – To around 1 metre.
- Flowers – Yellow, or Red to Orange.
- Flowering time – Late winter to spring.
- Frost tolerant – No
- Drought tolerant – No
Available for sale from the following participating nurseries
82 David Hill Rd Monbulk (Opposite Vika Ave)
Japanese Maple and Magnolia specialists, Wholesale and Retail. Large range of other deciduous and evergreen ornamental trees and shrubs.