Silk-tassel Bush

Garrya elliptica 'James Roof'

Silk-tassel Bush - Garrya elliptica  'James Roof'

Common Name: Silk-tassel Bush
Genus: Garrya
Species: elliptica
Cultivar: 'James Roof'

The genus of this plant takes its name from Mr Garry, who was a trusted assistant of the plant collector Douglas.

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Provides winter colour, Long flowering period
Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 4.00 m (400 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 4.00 m (400 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Grey, White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: December to February

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Long silvery catkins up to 20cm long shine out among glossy wavy-edged dark green leaves throughout winter. The silken tassels of this upright evergreen shrub make a stunning feature in the winter garden. Try it towards the back of a sunny shrub border, against a wall or as a windbreak in coastal areas. When it has finished its display the dark foliage makes a lovely foil for summer-flowering shrubs.

Garden Care: Cut back dead or straggly branches in April or May.


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Silk Tassle Bush - Garrya elliptica

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