Japanese shrub - plants, care and overwinter

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The Japanese shrub is a fascinating ornamental shrub that flowers bright yellow in March. But only if you pay attention to care.

Blossom of Japanese paper bush

Some gardening enthusiasts call the rare, magnificent bush with its bright yellow flowers that bloom in early spring as a Japanese paper flower. But that is not quite correct, as the bush is confused with flowers that emerge in the Japanese art of paper folding.

The Japanese shrub (Edgeworthia chrysantha), more commonly known as Mitsumata, is still a fascinating ornamental shrub. The paper bush bears his name, because in Japan, from his old age, fine quality paper is drawn from his bark.

Portrait of the Japanese paper shrub

The Japanese shrub can grow 70 to 100 centimeters high. Its last-year shoots are already decorated in late autumn with umbellate flower buds. Even before the leaf shoots unfold in March, the buds in countless yellow flowers that smell strong perfume. In mild regions with a little severe winter, the flowers can even train in February. With the end of the pile then develop at the individual inflorescences dry purple-green drupes.

The rather inconspicuous summer dress of the bush consists of narrow leaves that are dark green at the top and gray-green at the bottom. In autumn, the green fades. The foliage turns yellow and falls off.

This is what the right location for the Japanese paper shrub looks like

For the spring-flowering shrub, it is best to choose a sheltered, warm location. He can be full sun, but also tolerates a place in the partial shade. Because the paper bush has set its flower buds already in the fall, you should definitely put on a wind-sheltered location. Heavy wind can blow away the doldy flower buds. Be sure to choose the location wisely. For once the shrub has grown, it tolerates the transplanting only bad. His fleshy roots are easily vulnerable.

Incidentally, the flowering shrub is particularly impressive. This can be at the entrance of the house or on a small discount in front of the terrace.

That is how the soil should be

The Japanese paper bush thrives best on a moist, well-drained and humus-rich soil. It is advantageous if the garden floor is also slightly acidic. A location on the edge of a bog bed would be very well suited for the shrub. You can also treat the soil for your paper bush with rhododendron earth.

So the Japanese shrub is properly maintained

Japanese paper shrub

In nursing the early flowering shrub is frugal. However, you should respect the minimum requirements for protecting the Japanese paper bush.

To water:

Water your charming rarity during dry periods regularly, because the shrub is very sensitive to dryness.


Nutrients for the plant are supplied to the soil from the mulch decomposed in humus. Therefore, after planting, you should spread a 5 to 10 centimeter layer of mulch around your paper bush. Then it is enough if you repeat this every autumn. In the medium term, this will also improve the soil for your flowering shrub.

Rear section:

A molding or pruning, as you know him from other shrubs, is not necessary with the Japanese paper bush. You can restrain the bush cautiously to remove dry shoots. A radical cut is not recommended, because the plant would blame you.


From cold and frost protects a mulch layer of leaves and Nadelreisig. Although the spring bird is a winter hardy bush, you should still protect its fleshy roots from the bitter cold in winter.


The Japanese shrub is, like the witch hazel, a flowering shrub. However, the paper bush is only 70 to 100 inches high. But his yellow umbellifers are quite handsome and smell strong. The shrub prefers a sheltered, sunny spot and a moist, well-drained and humus-rich soil. This can also be slightly acidic.

The Japanese paper bush is regularly cast in drier periods, as it is sensitive to drought. Winter protection in the root area should also be absolutely necessary.

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