Edgeworthia chrysantha

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!”

—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.

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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