Garrya elliptica

Silk-tassel bush

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Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour






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photo by John Glover, copyright GAP Photos (16100)

Plant details

An evergreen from California with dark green, leathery leaves, white-woolly beneath, and bearing, in the depth of winter, long, greyish-green catkins that can festoon the whole shrub. Useful in shade against walls, but suitable for the open garden in mild locations. The beautiful catkins are borne in late winter through early spring, and are longer on male than female plants. Propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Family: Garryaceae

Genus: Garrya

Species: elliptica

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Grey

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 400cm

Spread: 300cm

Time to take cuttings: June to July

Reader reviews


There is a beautiful example in Queen Victoria Street, London, outside St Andrews by-the-Wardrobe Church. It's very large - and looking stunning with the catkins at the time of writing (late February). Look out for it if you're passing! It's on a steeply-banked bed, above head-height from the pavement.

london Flower Net

this is queen Victoria street.I like this flowers. so interesting blog. thanks buddy.

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