Edgeworthia chrysantha
Common name: 
Paper Bush
Oriental Paper Bush
ej-WERTH-ee-ah kris-AN-tha
Edgeworthia papyrifera
Edgeworthia tomentosa
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Broadleaf deciduous shrub, to 5 ft (1.5 m) or more.  Leaves single, alternate, lanceolate to narrow ovate, 8-13 cm long and 2-5 cm wide, entire, dull green, gray-green below with silky hairs when young.  Blooms in winter when leafless.  Flowers in clusters of 35 or more at branch tips, slightly fragrant, each flower is about 1.5 cm long, a 4-lobed silky calyx, white on the outside with a yellow center, lacks petals.  Fruit of Edgeworthia is a dry drupe, apparently not often seen on this species?
  • Full sun or part shade. Little pruning required
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 7      Native to China, in forests and especially by streams.  The smooth bark is peeled off and used by some Asian cultures as a source of high grade paper.
  • chrysantha: with golden flowers, chrysos, golden and anthos, flowers
  • Portland: Elk Rock, The Garden at the Bishop's Close
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: north side Hawley dorm. on Jefferson Ave. east of 30th St.


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  • plant habit, early spring

    plant habit, early spring

  • plant habit, flowering

    plant habit, flowering

  • plant habit, flowering, and stem

    plant habit, flowering, and stem

  • flower clusters

    flower clusters

  • plant habit, summer

    plant habit, summer

  • leaves