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GARRYA elliptica

Image of Garrya elliptica

Family

Garryaceae

Botanical Name

GARRYA elliptica

Plant Common Name

Wavyleaf Silktassel

General Description

Wavyleaf silktassel is an arresting sight in midwinter when it drapes itself with long, cascading, ghostly-gray flower clusters. This medium to large evergreen shrub is native to California and western Oregon.

Leathery, wavy-edged, oval leaves are paired along the upright to spreading branches of this rounded shrub. The leaves are glossy deep green above with downy gray undersides. In early winter, plants produce numerous drooping chains of gray-green flowers. Individual plants bear either long, tassel-like male flower clusters or shorter, plumper female clusters. Pollinated flowers of female plants develop into grayish purple, spherical fruits, which form grape-like bunches. Garry ellipitica is usually represented in gardens by male selections, which have showier inflorescences. Popular cultivars include 'James Roof' and 'Evie', both with especially long flower clusters.

This somewhat cold-tender shrub prefers full to partial sun and well-drained soil. It does well in oceanside and urban sites. Use it in mixed borders, hedges, and windbreaks.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    8'-20' / 2.4m - 6.1m

  • Width

    8'-20' / 2.4m - 6.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Winter, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Western United States

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Ivory, Gray, Silver

  • Fruit Color

    Purple, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green, Gray

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green, Gray

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green, Gray

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green, Gray

  • Bark Color

    Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No