Beautiful & Useful too — Paperbush is Getting Ready to Bloom
Hilaire Ashworth, PR & Marketing Intern, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Whilst wondering around the Garden last week I came across this beauty, that is budding despite the chilly temperatures.
Edgeworthia tomentosa (formerly Edgeworthia chrysantha), commonly known as oriental paperbush, Mitsumata, or simply paperbush comes from south western China, Nepal, and Japan. The plant has been incorporated into traditional Japanese papermaking called Washi, where bark fibers are combined with fibers from the gampi tree and the kozo plant to make this thin, but durable paper. Hence, why this plant is commonly referred to as paperbush.
Here at the Garden we have two of the four cultivars. E. tomentosa ‘Gold Rush’ (Asian Valley, Streb, Lotus Bridge) and E. tomentosa ‘Snow Queen’ (in front of the Robins Visitor Center).
If you look closely at these little white umbrella-shaped buds you can see their yellow centers emerging. In a few weeks they will be bursting with a vibrant yellow. Not only are these quite lovely to look at but they also smell absolutely wonderful. You’ll can find these beauties nestled between the Robins Tea house and the Garden Café in the upper Asian Valley by the small pond, and in the triangular bed to the right, just before you cross the Lotus Bridge.
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( January,2014).About Washi. The Japanese Paper Place. Retrieved January , 2014