Edgeworthia chrysantha

Oriental Paperbush

Deciduous Shrub

Edgeworthia chrysantha, also known as Paperbush, is a deciduous flowering shrub that is a wonderful choice of shrub for northwest gardens and landscapes. This shrub is an excellent choice for areas where winter interest is desired. Its yellow flowers bring a cheerful pop of color to the garden in late winter or early spring, when the paperbush is covered in clusters of fragrant flowers. This shrub is sure to bring joy to your garden during the colder months. Situate it near your front entry so that you can enjoy its heady scent as you come and go.

Its blue-green leaves are eye-catching all season long and its large leaves lend a bit of a tropical vibe. Protect it from blasts of hot afternoon sun which can burn the foliage. Paperbush is an excellent addition to any garden, offering year-round interest and providing a beautiful backdrop for other plants. The paperbush also has low maintenance requirements, asking very little in terms of pruning or fussy care. An added bonus: it's deer resistant to.

The gallery of photos on this page that show Edgeworthia in multiple seasons, its overall form, and close-up photos of its beautiful buds and blooms.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 7, 8, 9

Exposure: Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade

Water Needs: Average


Size: 36 - 60 tall x 36 - 96 wide
Shape / Form: Rounded
Foliage Texture: Medium
Foliage Quality: Medium

Features: Flowers, Fragrant, Low Maintenance, Winter Interest

Foliage Color: Blue, Green

Flower Color: Yellow / Gold, Yellow
Bloom Season: Feb, Mar, Apr, Winter, Late Winter / Early Spring
Flower Shape: Cluster

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Mixed Border, Small Gardens, Specimen, Structure / Foundation
Special Situations: Courtyard / Urban Garden
Wildlife: Deer Resistant

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Winter, Spring, Late Winter / Early Spring, Late Spring / Early Summer, Late Fall / Early Winter
Position / Role: mid-plane filler
Collections: eGardenGo Favorite, Plants That Earn Their Keep

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: medium

Plant Combos