Coast Silk Tassel

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.

Plant Details

Habitat Notesdry north-facing slopes and ridges, mixed evergreen forests and shaded valleys.
Mature Height8-12 ft
Shade Preference
Soil Tolerance Well drained, moist soil.
Special Uses Drought tolerant.
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