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Silk-Tassel Bush

Garrya elliptica

Also known as

Quinine bush

Garrya-sp by Codiferous (CC BY 2.5)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








10 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A close up of some white male Garrya elliptica flowers
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Silk-Tassel Bush Overview

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.

Common problems with Silk-Tassel Bush

How to propagate Silk-Tassel Bush



Special features of Silk-Tassel Bush

Attracts bees

Other uses of Silk-Tassel Bush

Specimen. Winter interest. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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