Silk-Tassel Bush

Garrya elliptica

Feverbush, Wavyleaf Silktassel

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A close up of some white Garrya elliptica flowers hanging from a tree
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Garrya elliptica is a shrub or tree in the Garryaceae family with a bushy habit that can grow to about 3.5m tall fairly rapidly. In milder areas it can reach 4.5m in height. It's leaves are oval to roundish in shape, dark shining green above, felted grey beneath. From late winter to early spring it produces long, grey-green male flowers arranged in catkin structures. The female plant is less commonly seen, but after flowering, may produce long clusters of purple-brown fruits in summer.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring, Winter

Fruiting time

Summer

Propagation

Cuttings

Semi-ripe

Special features

Attracts bees

Special features

Origin

America, North, America

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Personality

Family

Garryaceae

Flower colour

Green

Scent

None

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