Garrya elliptica


Silk-tassel bush

This dense, bushy shrub from California and Oregon can grow up to 3.5m high and 3m across. The leaves are broadly oval, dark green, leathery and wavy edged. Male plants bear striking curtains of unusually long tassel-like pale green and dull pink catkins from mid-winter to early spring.


Makes a stunning feature when espaliered against a sunny wall or fence.


Plants require a mild to temperate climate free from heavy frosts, which may damage the catkins. Grow in rich, well-drained soil in full sun or part-shade. Slow growing, they need little pruning and dislike being transplanted. Propagate from cuttings in summer.


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