Edgeworthia Chrysantha or Chinese Paper Bush
The Edgeworthia Chrysantha is a very interesting and unusual blooming bush
The Edgeworthia Chrysantha is a fun plant to own because it is unusual. We had admired this yellow flowering shrub in a friend's yard and were thrilled when Nancy and JC Cook showed up at our home with two plants. We planted them right in the front yard near the door and have thoroughly enjoyed watching them grow. Our friends were not sure what the name of the plant was so for the first year, we didn't know either. Another friend, Karen Link, was able to solve the mystery and identified the plant as Edgeworthia Chrysantha or Chinese Paper Bush. She is a florist and remembered reading an article about the Edgeworthia Chrysantha in a magazine that she had kept.
This same friend is the one who made the large photo below. She and her family were visiting the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia SC and she took this photo just for me. Aren't friends great! I think of our friends every time I look at our plants.
Photo Credit: Photo by OhMe of her Edgeworthia chrysantha in Pendleton SC. Photos on this page are not to be copied without permission.
Edgeworthia Chrysantha at the SC Botanical Gardens at Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia SC - Photo taken by Karen Link and used with her permission
What exactly is Edgeworthia Chrysantha or Chinese Paper Bush?
According to Wikipedia, Edgeworthia was named in honor of Michael Pakenham Edgeworth, an Irish born, amateur botanist and police chief. The Edgeworthia Chrysantha usually blooms in February and the flowers are very fragrant. I think they smell like Daffodils but my husband doesn't agree with me. The Edgeworthia Chrysantha is also known as a Chinese Paper Bush.
I had actually never heard either of these names until my friend informed us. I am not sure that I had actually ever seen this bush before either.
Flowering Shrub - Chinese Paper Bush
Are you familiar with the Edgeworthia chrysantha? - Join the poll and let me know what you think of this yellow flowering shrub, the Chinese Paper Bush!
The flowers smell so good and that is why I am glad we planted it near the front door. It reminds me of Daffodils but no one else seems to think so. Everyone agrees that it smells good but not sure what it smells like. This plant has really grown a lot and fast. We might need to move it from its current location before it takes over my Hydrangeas.
Are you familiar with the Edgeworthia Chrysantha or Chinese Paper Bush?
Edgeworthia Chrysantha in late spring - This is our Edgeworthia the first spring. It has really grown since this photo.
Enjoying this flowering shrub all year round
In late spring after the blossoms go away, the dark greenish blue leaves appear. The leaves stay through summer and fall. When the leaves go away, the bare branches are left and show the areas where the leaves were previously. The buds form right on the tips of the branches and at that time there is no greenery. So, you can see why I think this is such an interesting flowering shrub. It grows best in well-drained, acid soil and should be protected against harsh weather.I will have to remember to add a picture of what it looks like in the winter. It is truly an unusual shrub.
Our Edgeworthia Has Really Grown!
A good Plant Identification book would have helped me to solve the mystery of this plant - This book has information about the Edgeworthia chrysantha
I looked through this book on Amazon to make sure that it told something about the Edgeworthia chrysantha and it even showed pictures of this interesting flowering shrub.
If you do plant one, I hope you enjoy it as much as we have ours. Remember to plant it where it has plenty of room to spread because it will need the space and fill it up faster than you think.
Edgeworthia chrysantha found on YouTube - check out these videos about the Edgeworthia chrysantha
Uses for this Yellow Flowering Shrub - Not only fun to look at but can also be very useful
Our Edgeworthia Chrysantha is only used for sheer enjoyment in our yard but according to Kew (Royal Botanic Gardens) Website, it has other uses:
- The bark of the Edgeworthia Chrysantha is used in making fine paper that is used for calligraphy.
- The bark is also used in making high quality Japanese Wallpaper
- At one time, the bark was used in making Japanese bank notes
- The flowers, bark and roots of this yellow flowering shrub are used in Folk Medicine because of it's anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It is also used for the treatment of eye diseases.