Garrya elliptica
Garden Plant Information

Garrya elliptica

 

 Garrya elliptica - close-up

 

Name

Garrya elliptica (also called silk-tassel bush)

Genus  

Garrya

Species

elliptica

Cultivar/variety

 

General description

Bushy evergreen shrub grown for catkins, which appear in winter and spring. Good for growing up walls and low maintenance, or in shrub borders in mild areas. Tolerates atmospheric pollution and coastal exposure.

Season of interest

All year because of being evergreen, but has attractive catkins in winter and spring.

Key horticultural features

  1. Dense, bushy habit.

  2. Green, glossy, opposite, oval leaves with a wavy edge. H&S: 4m

  3. Round, green stems becoming brown and woody with age.

  4. Silky, silvery green catkins borne in winter and spring. Male plants have the longest catkins, being up to 25cm long.

Cultural details

Aspect

Needs some protection from harsh winter winds, which may scorch leaf edges. It may lose its leaves in colder winters.

Soil

Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline.

Hardiness

Frost hardy, but avoid exposed northern sites, where the leaves may get scorched by frost or harsh winds.

Maintenance

Prune back dead or overlong branches in spring. Dislikes being transplanted so buy container grown plants.

 

Generally pest free but may be affected by leaf spot.

Propagation

Take cuttings or layer shoots in summer.

 

 

 

 

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Published: 19-09-2005

Updated:   14-01-2006