Nanjing Gold Paperbush
Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Nanjing Gold'
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.
|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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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.