Chinese paper bush
“Good morning! Isn’t the wind nice? Isn’t the sun nice? Isn’t everything nice?
Let us both chirp and hop and twitter. Come on! Come on!”
â€”The robin to the little girl, The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgeson Burnett
Two days of sun in a row? It’s like spring has come. Yuko and I immersed ourselves today in the botanical odyssey that is the Portland Classical Chinese Garden. There were so many things blooming I had to keep reminding myself “This is January. This is Portland. I live here.” Several of the Edgeworthia we saw were on a slope next to a covered bridge, reflecting in the pond.
The paper bush is so named because the bark and stems of the shrub can be pounded into paper. It has pom-poms of four-petaled, yellow-on-the-inside, fuzzy white-on-the-outside flowers that are so fragrant. The thick branches give the appearance of being slow growing. They divide into three stems at each growing point.