Edgeworthia

Paper Bush

These remarkable Asian Daphne relative promise an unprecedented late winter flower-fest.

<i>Edgeworthia chrysantha</i> ‘Akebono’ <i>Edgeworthia chrysantha</i> ‘Akebono’

Delivering a late winter visual delight, prominent silky white button-like buds give way to small waxy tubular blooms with luscious tangerine orange shades and a pleasant fragrance. The unique tightset clusters congregate on the tips of erect yet pliable, smooth silver-laced naked branches, which develop in a noteworthy open fashion. Lustrous deep green 4 in. long deciduous leaves arise from the stem apexes. A prized source for high-end paper and a Daphne relation, this Asian native’s slow growing rounded habit enjoys a partially shady somewhat moist sheltered locale, while its exotic flair can be superimposed against a dark backdrop and surrounded by low-lying Epimediums and Sarcococca.

Blooms late February to March

Size: 5' 0" – 6' 0" high x 4' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

Prized for crafting high-end paper, warm brown-colored naked branches–erect, smooth and thick, yet pliable–congregate in a distinctive open fashion with prominent silky white buttonlike buds at their tips. A late winter bevy of small waxy tubular blooms explodes from unique tightset clusters, delivering a pleasant fresh fragrance and bright gold to creamy yellow shades. Dark green 4 in. long deciduous leaves populate stem apexes. 'Nanjing Gold's slow growing rounded form favors a partially shady somewhat moist sheltered locale and injects exotic panache wherever its planted, especially when positioned near broad-leafed shrubs such as Oakleaf Hydrangeas or Physocarpus 'Coppertina'.

Blooms mid-February–March.

Size: 8' 0" high x 6' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

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