Edgeworthia chrysantha

(Chinese Paperbush)

Size Price
3-GALLON $69.99

Hardiness Zones:

 7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

Edgeworthia chrysantha, also known as the Chinese paperbush, provides superb winter interest and fragrance. This shrub holds its white flower buds throughout the late fall and early winter like ornaments on its branches. Once the temperatures rise on warm winter days the buds will open to golden yellow clusters of flowers. The individual florets are tiny, but a few dozen make up a 1-1/2 to 2-inch cluster blooms. Like Daphnes, you can smell Edgeworthia long before you can see it.

Edgeworthia thrives in partial shade and appreciates well-enriched, moist soil. In spring, after the blooms pass, it sports lovely 5 to 6 inch long bluish foliage with silvery undertones that are both eye-catching and soothing. In autumn the foliage turns shades of yellow.



Edgeworthia are best grown in light shade with medium moisture in well drained soils. Although related to Daphne, they do not exhibit the susceptibility to root rot fungi and sudden mortality common to Daphne. They can grow quite expansive so it is best to give these shrubs room to develop. Space them 8 feet apart to reduce the need for pruning. Edgeworthia has many basal suckers that will form new shoots and create a very full plant. These can be trimmed off or left to mature, depending on the winter silhouette desired. Winter is the season for Edgeworthia!

Additional information

Common Name

Chinese Paperbush

Botanical Name

Edgeworthia chrysantha

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Shade


4 to 6 ft.


6 to 8 ft.

Soil Condition


Water Needs


Blooming Period

Late winter

Flower Color




Foliage Color


Deer Resistant



3 gallon

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