Perfumes the Entire Garden!
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Nanjing Gold Paperbush

Item # 34644
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Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Nanjing Gold'

An open-habit shrub with year-round beauty

Paperbush is seldom seen in American gardens, despite its intense fragrance and unusual late winter to early spring blooms.

'Nanjing Gold' is the star of the winter garden, with a well-branched but very open habit setting masses of large, ultra-fragrant blooms in the heart of winter. To say that this shrub perfumes the garden is an understatement; its aroma wafts down the street, brightening the shortest days of the year with sweet, musky scent.

The flowers begin in midwinter and often continue into earliest spring, appearing on smooth, bare branches, opening bright gold and gradually maturing to creamy yellow over their weeks-long season.

From spring through fall, long olive-green foliage decorates the 8-foot-tall, 6-foot-wide shrub. Consider wending a Clematis through the widely spaced branches of 'Nanjing Gold' for another season of color. Best in acidic soil, it needs consistent moisture during dry spells if grown in full sun (recommended for heaviest flowering). Magnificent! Zones 8-10.

'Nanjing Gold'
Item Form
8 - 10
Mid Winter - Late Winter
8 ft
6 ft
2 in - 3 in
Additional Characteristics
Bloom First Year, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Fragrance
Bloom Color
Light Gold
Foliage Color
Olive Green
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements
Moist,  well-drained
Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance
Normal,  loamy
Border, Containers, Cut Flowers, Specimen
Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
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Zone 5b
Franklinia from wrote (June 07, 2014):
Survived a brutal 5b winter. Beautiful leaves. Lovely shrub.
Paperbush Plant


Set plants 5 to 7 feet apart in partial shade in a moist, deeply worked soil that is high in organic matter.


Water regularly during dry periods. A mulch of straw, pine needles, shredded bark, or shredded leaves will help to retain soil moisture.


Zones 7-9

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Since its founding in 1920, Wayside Gardens has brought the rarest and highest-quality plants to the garden market. Wayside was founded in 1920 by two acclaimed growers who came together to pursue their shared vision of marketing all high-end plants for the serious garden enthusiast. Originally located in Mentor, Ohio, Wayside Gardens swiftly grew a reputation for the highest-quality plants and the most sophisticated clientele. In 1975, Wayside was purchased by the Park Seed Company, and moved to Hodges, SC.  The company has flourished since then, growing to become an undisputed leader in rare and unique plant growing.

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Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates:

1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".

2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.

3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.

4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.

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