Nanjing Gold Paperbush
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Nanjing Gold Paperbush

Nanjing Gold Paperbush

Gallon Size:
Gallon Size:
  • Young, affordable starter plant
  • May need to be transplanted into 3 gallon pot for more nurturing before planting into landscape
  • Healthy, mature plant
  • Ready to immediately be planted into landscape
  • Large healthy plant
  • Ready to immediately be planted into landscape

Edgeworthia chrysantha ‘Nanjing Gold’


The edgeworthia, also called paperbush, is a sturdy yet elegant deciduous shrub well-suited to the heat of the southern states. In spring, summer, and fall, large lance-shaped leaves cover the umbrella-shaped shrub. Once frost hits, the leaves drop, but then the show begins. When everything else is deep in frozen slumber, the paperbush proves generous as small clusters of fragrant yellow blooms cover the plant on naked bronze stems--definitely a surprise in mid-winter. 'Nanjing Gold' has particularly robust flowers and less susceptibility to bud drop.

Joseph's Take

Joseph's Take

Edgeworthia is like a Gardenia in February! Its fragrance is very similar to a Daphne but its flowers are yellow, tropical-looking leaves are much larger, and it's deciduous. In North Carolina, Edgeworthia likes a bit of afternoon shade and can handle a good amount of water in well-drained soil. I usually plant mine in areas where hydrangeas grow. Definitely one of my favorite plants and gets me excited for spring when it blooms!

Hardiness Map
Mature Height: 6'
Mature Width: 6'
Flower Season: Early Spring
Sun: Partial shade
Hardiness Zone: 7 to 10
This plant is suitable for the low temperates below:
Temp (F)
Temp (C)
0 to 10
-17.8 to -12.2
10 to 20
-12.2 to -6.7
20 to 30
-6.7 to -1.1
30 to 40
-1.1 to 4.4

Edgeworthia look nice when drarf evergreen are planted nearby. A few good ones are listed in "goes well with" below.