Garrya elliptica

Evergreen shrub with dark, gray-green leathery egg-shaped foliage that grows to 12 ft tall and wide. Flowers appear in winter with male and female catkins on separate plants. The showy long, drooping clusters of greenish-white male flowers reach 6-12 in. long. Female plants produce less showy catkins but bear hairy fruits that turn from light green to dark purple and are eaten by birds.

Garrya elliptica whole plant by Salix on wikimedia
tassel up close by Salix on wikimedia
silk tassel by Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz on wikimedia
  • Garrya elliptica whole plant by Salix on wikimedia
  • tassel up close by Salix on wikimedia
  • silk tassel by Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz on wikimedia

Plant Details

Habitat:
Bottomland Forests
Mixed Hardwood-Conifer Forest or Woodland
dry north-facing slopes and ridges, mixed evergreen forests and shaded valleys.
Mature Height:
8-12 ft
Shade Preference:
Full Sun, Partial Shade,
Soil Tolerance:
Well drained, moist soil.
Special Uses:
Drought tolerant.