Nanjing Gold Paperbush
Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Nanking Gold'
Paperbush is seldom seen in American gardens, despite its intense fragrance and unusual late winter to early spring blooms. Even more rare is this Japanese cultivar, which sports flowers of red (rather than the yellow of the species) and blooms slightly later, joining the spring bulbs to produce an incredible show of color and fragrance in the sunny border.
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 Naniing 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.
|Zone||8 - 10|
|Bloom Season||Mid Winter - Late Winter|
|Plant Height||8 ft|
|Plant Width||6 ft|
|Bloom Size||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|
|Resistance||Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Pest Resistant|
|Soil Tolerance||Normal, loamy|
|Uses||Border, Containers, Cut Flowers, Specimen|
|Restrictions||Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands|
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.
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