Garrya elliptica 'James Roof'

Garrya elliptica ‘James Roof’

Silk tassel

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does flower in December

  • Botanical name: Garrya elliptica 'James Roof'
  • Common name: Silk tassel
  • Family: Garryaceae
  • Plant Type: Shrub, Evergreen

Male forms of Garrya elliptica are impressive plants when laden with their long elegant tassels in winter and early spring. Female plants have much smaller catkins and clusters of round deep purple fruits in summer.

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Garrya elliptica ‘James Roof’ is the most popular variety because its tassels are much longer than the species, up to 30cm long and lasting for many weeks, making a striking backdrop to other, smaller plants. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

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Grow Garrya elliptica ‘James Roof’ in moist but well-drained soil in a sunny, sheltered spot, ideally next to a south- or west-facing wall. Remove damaged and diseased stems in late spring.

How to grow Garrya 'James Roof'

  • Plant size

    4m height

    4m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Back

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / chalky / alkaline / acidic

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do not Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do Plant in November

Do Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does flower in December

Take cuttings
Take cuttings

Do not Take cuttings in January

Do not Take cuttings in February

Do not Take cuttings in March

Do not Take cuttings in April

Do not Take cuttings in May

Do not Take cuttings in June

Do not Take cuttings in July

Do Take cuttings in August

Do Take cuttings in September

Do not Take cuttings in October

Do not Take cuttings in November

Do not Take cuttings in December

Prune
Prune

Do not Prune in January

Do not Prune in February

Do not Prune in March

Do not Prune in April

Do Prune in May

Do not Prune in June

Do not Prune in July

Do not Prune in August

Do not Prune in September

Do not Prune in October

Do not Prune in November

Do not Prune in December

Garrya 'James Roof' and wildlife

Garrya 'James Roof' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Garrya 'James Roof' poisonous?

Garrya 'James Roof' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People