On Friday of last week , (as a bit of a thankyou) , a client gave me a large potted Edgeworthia chrysantha . (For a job well done need I add)
They apparently relish a moist humus-rich soil and prefer dappled shade .
I would appreciate anyone's input and experience with this particular species .
Thankyou in advance !
Genus Edgeworthia can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs, with simple leaves and rounded terminal clusters of small, daphne-like, often fragrant flowers
Details E. chrysantha is a bushy deciduous shrub with very flexible shoots bearing rounded inflorescences 5cm across, composed of numerous small, lightly fragrant yellow flowers opening from hairy buds in late winter and early spring, before the narrowly oval leaves appear
Plant range China
Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing
MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Ultimate height 1-1.5 metres
Ultimate spread 1-1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height 10-20 years
How to grow
Cultivation Best grown in a sheltered position in full sun or light dappled shade in well-drained, humus-rich loamy soil
Propagation Root greenwood and semi-ripe nodal stem-tip cuttings in summer in free-draining compost
Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Wall-side Borders City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden Patio & Container Plants
One of my favourite shrubs..
Hence using it for my avatar.
It is like Hazel ...where the catkins start in the autumn but only in the spring do they grow.
Edgewothia flowers form and sit on the shrub all winter ...then they open in the spring.
Sadly far too cold for it up here.
The stems are so supple you can tie them in to a knot.
In China the bark is used to make high quality paper...at one time bank notes.
In Wales we used to grow it in a sheltered spot, semi shade, acid soil, full of leaf mould, moist but not wet.
Would never give it manure./never fed it either.
There is also one with red flowers which we had.
No where near as beautiful as the yellow.