The Edgeworthia Chrysantha: an unexpected early flowering.
Originally from China, the Edgeworthia Chrysantha also called Paper bush is a very original and rare shrub that offers a surprising winter bloom, deliciously scented. Towards mid-February, on the bare wood, cone-shaped downy flowers appear, grouped in white-cream pompons on the outside and yellow-orange on the inside. Each pompon can carry from 30 to 50 flowers. Until April, you will enjoy their sweet fragrance reminiscent of jasmine. As for the insects, they will enjoy their nectar. Then come the lanceolate leaves of a beautiful bluish green.
The deciduous foliage Paper bush, with much branching at the base, is bushy and flared. It can measure at the adult age of 1 to 2 meter in height and 1,50 meter of spreading. Resistant to diseases and pests, it tolerates temperatures of -13 ° to -15 ° C.
The Edgeworthia Chrysantha likes the semi-shade, a light, acidic soil (like the heather earth) and well drained. Slow growth, this compact shrub is well suited to small spaces and is also grown in pots. You will not fail to highlight it by installing it in a place of passage. Thus, you will enjoy the beauty of its flowers and their perfume before the arrival of spring.
It is from Japan that comes the name of Paper bush, in 1879 it began to be grown for its bark and fibers used in the making of high quality paper, soft and resistant, traditionally used for watercolors, calligraphy ...