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Silk-Tassel Bush

Garrya elliptica

Garrya-sp by Codiferous (CC BY 2.5)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

9a

USDA zone

-7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

4m

Max

4m

2.5m

Min

2.5m

10 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images

Garrya elliptica male catkins
A photo of Silk-Tassel Bush
A photo of Silk-Tassel Bush
A photo of Silk-Tassel Bush
A photo of 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

Propagation

Cuttings

Semi-ripe

Special Features

Attracts bees