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Paperbush Edgeworthia chrysantha

Growing Paperbush: Tips at a Glance

  • Type Deciduous shrub
  • Life Span Perennial
  • USDA Zones 7-10
  • Water Light, once established
  • Light Full sun to partial shade
  • Height 4-6 feet
  • Bud & Bloom Color Creamy yellow, red more rare
  • Flowering Season Very early spring
  • Design Tip Pair with dark plants
  • Best Use Try as a specimen

Paperbush: A Field Guide

For centuries Japan has been using paperbush bark to make high-quality mitsumata paper—hence its name—while elsewhere the paperbush enjoys a reputation as more of a collectors’ plant.

The fragrant Edgeworthia chyrsantha offers high design in all four seasons. In late winter its slightly furry buds swell. In spring they burst forth on dark brown bare wood with typically creamy yellow blooms. Then come blue-green, almost tropical, leaves in summer. The paperbush is generally easy to grow. Try placing near your entryway to take advantage of its fragrance. For fun, seek out the ‘Ruby Splash’ red-flowered form.

Planting, Care & Design of Paperbush

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