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Edgeworthia Paperbush

Edgeworthia tomentosa ( E. chrysantha)

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How are the heights measured?

All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.

What is a gallon container?

Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.

How does the delivery process work?

All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!

Why are some states excluded from shipping?

The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.

About Me

The Edgeworthia Paperbush is a medium-sized shrub that has remarkable yellow blossoms in late winter. These hang on the bare branches and flood the garden with an exotic perfume, creating a sight and smell you will love. Throughout the winter the flower clusters are large, and silvery-white with a dense covering of white hairs. This plant has not been available for very long in the US, although it has been grown in Europe for a long time. Although rare, the Edgeworthia Paperbush is easy to grow in warmer parts of the country, in shade or sun, and makes an exciting addition to your garden. If you want something very different, but something that is also easy to grow, this is the plant for you.

  • Amazing display of yellow flowers in late winter
  • Attractive silver flower buds all winter
  • Fills the garden with perfume
  • Grows well in full or partial shade, as well as in sun
  • Rarely seen in gardens, but easy to grow

Plant your Edgeworthia Paperbush in a sheltered part of the garden if you live in cooler areas, and in a shady spot in warmer zones. Add plenty of organic material to the soil, but otherwise this plant is easy to grow and has no pests or diseases. It will grow steadily into a bush about 6 feet tall and 4 or 5 feet wide. Although not widely known, this is a ‘must have’ plant for everyone who sees it – a real winner in any garden.

Plant Hardiness Zones 7-10
Mature Width 5
Mature Height 6-8 ft.
Soil Conditions Any well-drained soil
Sunlight Full sun, partial shade, full shade
Drought Tolerance Low
Zones 7-10

Some plants are well-known and are found in just about everyone’s garden. Other plants are not as widely grown, but they are still familiar to quite a lot of people. There are also some plants that are rarely seen in gardens or available to buy. Sometimes this is because they are not so interesting, but often it is because they are easy to grow but hard to reproduce in a nursery. This means these plants are rarely offered, even though when they see them people always say, I must have that gorgeous plant!

The Edgeworthia Paperbush is a plant like that. Because it is so rarely offered it has become almost mythical, yet when seen in bloom it is instantly desirable. It is also easy to grow, so when it is available, this is an immediate chance to have something beautiful, special, exotic and yet easy to grow. Who wouldn’t want that?

Growing Edgeworthia Paperbush

So what exactly is it about the Edgeworthia Paperbush that makes it so desirable and such a hit with everyone who sees it? Well, from November onwards the bare branches are covered with large, hanging flower heads that are silvery from the dense, white hairs that cover them. These make the plant interesting and attractive all winter, when there is not much else to see in the garden. As the buds swell and open in late winter, a ball of many flowers will be seen, each one tubular and golden yellow. It looks like the plant is hung with glowing light bulbs. From these flowers a gorgeous fragrance will spread across the garden. A plant in flower is a wonderful thing to see and photographs do not do it justice.

Appearance

The leaves are large and distinctive. They are around 6 inches long and 2 inches wide, an interesting shade of blue-green on top and silvery-green on the underside. They cluster at the ends of the branches, giving a slightly ‘tropical’ look to the plant. In fall they turn yellow, before dropping. As soon as the leaves drop the flower clusters begin to swell, turning into silver chandeliers by Christmas. With the first hint that winter is leaving, the flowers will open into glowing yellow globes and the exotic perfume of this plant will spread across the garden. The bark is an attractive reddish-brown color, and adds to the beauty of the leafless plant, especially when it is in bloom.

Hardiness

The good news about the Edgeworthia Paperbush is that despite its rarity, this is an easy plant to grow. It grows well in both shade and sun, but prefers some shade in hotter zones. Since it has not been grown in the US for very long, we still don’t have a clear picture on its hardiness, but there are plants growing in sheltered areas of zone 7, and certainly it will grow well in zones warmer than that. Since this is such a special and remarkable plant, it is worth experimenting with growing it in cooler areas too. It grows in most soils, but you should add plenty of organic material and use organic mulch around the roots. Do not plant in poorly-drained soil. Once established your bush will be resistant to some drought, but it will do best with regular watering.

History and Origins of the Edgeworthia Paperbush

The Edgeworthia Paperbush has an interesting history. It grows wild in the southern parts of China and it has been cultivated there and in Japan for centuries, because the bark was collected and used to make a special, durable paper for banknotes, called mitsumata paper. This use was noted by western travelers in the early 19th century and plants were brought back to England around 1850 by an amateur botanist and explorer called Michael Pakenham Edgeworth, who collected it in the Himalayas. As you can see, both its use for paper and the name of the collector can be found in the names we use for this plant.

Because it was introduced into England so early, it has been much more widely grown there, but it seems it was only seriously introduced into the US in the last 15 years or so. Since then this plant has become a ‘must have’ for many gardeners, who have seen it in bloom and instantly fallen in love.

Buying Edgeworthia Paperbush Plants at The Tree Center

We pride ourselves on offering our customers a wide range of plants, and we are proud to have found a source of top-quality plants of this rarity. However, as you can imagine, our supplies are limited – so if you want to enjoy this great plant, amaze your family, neighbors and friends, and fill your garden with beauty and fragrance in late winter when there is little else to see, order your Edgeworthia Paperbush now!

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Edgeworthia Paperbush

Edgeworthia tomentosa ( E. chrysantha)

3 Reviews
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