Edgeworthia chrysantha or oriental paper bush is a deciduous shrub reaching upwards of 4-6′ in 10 years.
‘Nanjing Gold’ offers even more height at 6-8′.
Its cinnamon bark is valued for making high-quality paper (known as mitsumata or triple-branching) in Japan.
A native of southern and eastern China, it was brought into cultivation in Korea and Japan in the late 16th century.
Fragrant pale to deep yellow winter flowers are followed by almost tropical blue-green leaves turning butter yellow in the fall.
Edgeworthia does best in part shade with well drained organically rich soil.
We think Edgeworthia is a stunning addition to the garden with beautiful color, bark and habit. It’s a burst of sunshine on a winter day.