Shrubs have not been my strong point for the simple fact of lack of "need to know" and heretofore lack of interest, but that is beginning to change as I endeavor to shear boxwoods, prune hydrangeas, and otherwise care for a wide assortment of shrubs at my job. I'm afraid I continue to be bored to tears with all things Ilex, but there are so many, many other wonderful things that have captured my attention.
One of these is Edgeworthia chrysantha, or Oriental Paperbush.
I've often heard my friend and landscape architect, Nancy Beckermeyer, mention Edgeworthia and always in glowing terms, but to be honest, I never saw one until I began working at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Now I know why she is so taken with it.
Edgeworthia is a medium to large sized, somewhat airy shrub whose finest hour begins right about now - mid-winter here in Atlanta metro - with beautiful yellowish and fragrant flowers forming on a 1 - 2 inch umbel.
I tried to source this shrub for your benefit. Scottsdale Farms does not appear to have it at present. However, my contacts in the wholesale industry show it to be available, but for a price. This is an expensive one - but worth it.