Edgeworthia chrysantha (Paper Bush or Worthingtonia)
Shrubby and deciduous might sound unexciting but this has the exotic feel of an Echium PLUS the most extraordinary yellow and white fragrant flowers in winter. Please contact us for stock availability and sizes.
Hardiness level Amber
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.
There is a lot of contradictory advice on pruning back Edgeworthia. We have done it and managed to be successful. They can get quite congested so we pruned an established one in March time and cut it back by a third and it flourished.
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.
N.B. When clipping several plants with the same tool, have a bucket containing a 5% bleach solution and swish your blades around for 30 seconds between plants to sterilise them. This will help avoid the chance of cross contamination of disease.
As with all woody plants, plant high, exposing as much of the taper at the base of the trunk as possible. Allowing soil to accumulate round the base of a tree can be fatal. Keep very well watered when first planted.
|Continent of Origin|