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Edgeworthia gardneri - (Wall.)Meisner.

Common Name Nepalese Paper Bush
Family Thymelaeaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Forests and shrubberies to 3000 metres[51].
Range E. Asia - S. China to the E. Himalayas.
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Frost Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Edgeworthia gardneri Nepalese Paper Bush


Edgeworthia gardneri Nepalese Paper Bush

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Edgeworthia gardneri is an evergreen Shrub growing to 2 m (6ft 7in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8 and is frost tender. It is in leaf all year, in flower from February to April. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Daphne gardneri.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Paper;  String.

A high-class paper is made from the bark[46, 51, 272]. The bark fibres are used. This species is said to be the best of the various species that are used to make hand made paper in the Himalayas[146]. The stems are extremely supple and can be tied in knots[11].

Cultivation details

Succeeds in any soil in sun or part shade, growing well in light woodland. Prefers a well-drained soil with plenty of moisture in the growing season. Very closely related to and scarcely distinct from E. chrysantha and E. papyrifera[200]. This species is more tender than E. chrysantha[11]. It is reliably hardy to about -5°c, but it can tolerate temperatures down to -15°c if growing in a well-drained soil in a sheltered position[200]. The flowers are damaged by frost so the plant is best grown on a south or west-facing wall[188]. Plants resent root disturbance and should be put into their permanent positions as soon as possible[188]. This species is cultivated in the Himalayas for the paper that can be made from the bark[46]. The stems are harvested every second year for this purpose[61]. The flowers diffuse a pronounced clove-like perfume and will scent the air to some distance on a calm day[245].

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Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Place the pot in a plastic bag to keep it moist[175]. The seed might germinate in the spring, though it could take another 12 months. Stored seed usually requires 8 - 12 weeks warm stratification at 20°c followed by 12 - 14 weeks at 3°c[175]. Germination can still take 12 months or more at 15°c[175]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle, and grow on in a greenhouse for at least a year before planting out in late spring or early summer[175]. Consider giving the plants some protection from the cold for their first winter outdoors. Cuttings in spring. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[200].

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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(Wall.)Meisner.

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Readers comment

Sikkim Development Foundation   Mon Dec 11 2006

Sikkim Development Foundation Community based hand made paper from edgeworthia gardneri

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