Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Gold Rush' COPF

Common Name:
Paper bush
Plant Type:
Deciduous shrub
Thymelaeaceae (The Daphne Family)
Geographic Origin:
China and Taiwan
California Native?:
Plant Size:
To 5-6 feet
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Flower Color:
Light shade
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 15 degrees F. or less
This is a stout plant, with several widely branched trunks from the base, growing 3-6 feet high. The tropical-looking leaves are up to 6 inches long. They are colored deep green above, grey-green below. Tight, nodding bud clusters develop at the mature shoot tips in fall, the buds expanding in succession into silky, tubular gold-faced flowers which open just at the tips. The flowers are delightfully fragrant, though of a different blend than the related daphnes. These are forest plants. Though they thrive in full sun near the coast, they should have both afternoon shade and protection from hot, dry winds inland. They require well drained, acid soil and constant moisture, though they do not actually use large quantities of water. Hardy to around 10 degrees F.