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botanical name:
Garrya elliptica
Garrya elliptica © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Silk-tassel bush
family:  Garryaceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen
height: 4.00m
width: 4.00m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: grey-green
fruit colour: bronze
stem/bark: brown
main season: Winter
aspect: full sun, part shade, shade
conditions: moist soil, clay soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -10°C
USDA zone: 8 to 9
description:
The male of this species is a magnificent evergreen, draped during January and February with long, greyish green catkins. The female plant is nearly as effective with its long clusters of deep purple-brown fruits. Dense foliage of oblong to elliptic, wavy-edged leaves, greyish green to dark green.

cultivation:
Reasonably fertile, well drained soil, preferably in sun or part shade, but will also tolerate quite deep shade. Hard frosts may cause leaf damage. Does well in mild seaside locations.
Can be effectively trained as a wall shrub.

propagation:
From seed or semi-ripe cuttings taken in summer.

usage:
Excellent shrub for winter interest.

other notes:
The genus Garrya was named after Nicholas Garry, of the Hudson's Bay Trading Company, a friend of the plant hunter David Douglas.

pronounced: GAR-i-a EL-lip-ti-ka
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