Choose a country to see content specific to your location

Skip to main content
A picture of a Silk-Tassel Bush

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

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 of Silk-Tassel Bush

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

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

Cuttings

Semi-ripe

Special features of Silk-Tassel Bush

Attracts bees

Other uses of Silk-Tassel Bush

Specimen. Winter interest. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Clay Soil Plants - Top 20

Sticky, clay soil that is either wet or rock hard? These plant will happily provide colour, texture and structure.

Explore all

Larger Shrubs for Gardens

For larger gardens, these flowering shrubs are perfect additions to provide habitat and food for pollinators.

Explore all