The Paper Bush from China, Japan and Nepal that sounds like it's named after a bank manager. It was actually named after the sister of an Irish botanist - Maria Edgeworth.
Slow growing to about 4ft x 4ft after 7 or 8 years, it's deciduous and produces its fragrant yellow flowers in late winter, before the leaves appear. There's always much excitement over the flowers but the plant in leaf is beautiful and mildly exotic. The leaves are long and thin and hang down and are reminiscent of Euphorbia mellifera, Oleander and Echium fastuosum.
In Japan the bark is (or was) used for making fine quality and durable paper.
Propagated by cuttings.
P.S. The common name 'Worthingtonia' is what we've always called them on the nursery. Why? I haven't the remotest idea.
IF IT HAS AN AMBER TRAFFIC LIGHT
Hardy in the Home Counties if sensibly sited (avoiding severe frost pockets, for example). Many Amber Labelled Plants are from cuttings from well-established plants that have survived many harsh winters in the South-East.
This is only meant as a guide. Please remember we're always on hand to give advice about plants and their frost hardiness.
Please remember that these coloured labels are only a rough guide.
General Point about Plant Hardiness: The commonly held belief that it's better to 'plant small' is perfectly true with herbaceous plants, but not necessarily true with woody plants. They need some 'wood' on them to survive severe cold - so plants of marginal hardiness in very cold areas should really be planted LARGER, rather than smaller, wherever possible.
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