Edgeworthia – 3 Gallon

One of the all-time favorite plants in our own gardens, Edgeworthia, also called Paper Bush, is a truly a multi-season color and fragrance factory. In January, white flower buds begin opening to¬†wonderfully fragrant, golden-yellow, honeysuckle like flowers densely packed in round clusters that continue to April. We’ve yet to meet a person who didn’t like the wonderful perfume the flowers emit. During the warm season, the plant is adorned with long, plumeria-like leaves that provide a lush, tropical look in shady areas. The leaves turn yellow in fall before dropping in early winter to reveal both the wonderful bark and the large, silvery-white flower buds at the tips of every stem on the plant.

Description

One of the all-time favorite plants in our own gardens, Edgeworthia, also called Paper Bush, is a truly a multi-season color and fragrance factory. In January, white flower buds begin opening to wonderfully fragrant, golden-yellow, honeysuckle-like flowers densely packed in round clusters that continue to April. We’ve yet to meet a person who didn’t like the wonderful perfume the flowers emit. During the warm season, the plant is adorned with long, plumeria-like leaves that provide a lush, tropical look in shady areas. The leaves turn yellow in fall before dropping in early winter to reveal both the wonderful bark and the large, silvery-white flower buds at the tips of every stem on the plant.

GROWING

Edgeworthia is exceptionally easy to grow in moist but well-drained soils rich in organic matter and shade or part shade. Morning sun is fine but avoid direct afternoon sun. The established plants in our gardens rarely require watering however young plants might require supplemental irrigation during prolonged periods of summer drought. If leaves wilt and droop during a drought, a watering will perk them back up within minutes. Be careful to pick just the right spot for this plant because it does not like being transplanted once established.

CARE

Despite the remarkable variety of gardening myths about its requirements, Edgeworthia is very hardy and easy to grow in garden beds and containers.
Edgeworthia prefer a shady site, however, will tolerate some morning sun or all-day heavily filtered sun. Avoid planting in direct afternoon sun.

WATERING

Edgeworthia are moderately drought tolerant shrubs when established. However, when young, plants like moist but well-drained soil. If leaves wilt during a summer drought this is an indicator your plants could use a good deep soaking.

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