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Garrya elliptica 'James Roof'

  • Common Name
    Coast Silk Tassel
  • CA Native
    California Native
  • Plant Type
  • Size
    12' x 12'
  • Flower Color
  • Bloom Time
    • Spring
  • Leaves
    Dark Green Above, Wooly, Light Green Below
  • Evergreen
  • Deer Resistant
    Seldom Damaged
  • Wildlife Value
    • Attracts Beneficial Insects
    • Bees
    • Bird Habitat
    • Seed and Fruit for Birds
  • Growth Rate
  • Hardiness
  • Adverse Growth Factors
  • Special Features
    • Espalier
    • Low Maintenance
    • Specimen
  • Water Use
    • Low
    • Moderate
  • Soil pH
    6.5-7.5 (neutral)
  • Exposure
    • Full Sun
    • Partial Shade
    • Shade
  • Soil Type
    Not Particular
  • Drainage
    Well Drained
  • Description and Cultural Plant Tips

    The Coast Silk Tassel is named for the beautiful,  cream colored 3" - 12" long catkins that dangle from the ends of the branchs from December through February. The male form is the more dramatic in size of the tassels. This large shub looks good as a specimen planting or can also be used as an informal  hedge or screen. The male variety of 'James Roof' has unusually long and dramatic catkins.

    Plant slightly above soil grade in well-drained soil. This plant is not fussy about soil type as long as drainage is good.  Water once or twice a week until established. Can be planted in full sun along coastal Marin but light afternoon shade is needed in the hotter parts of Marin.  Plant in a sheltered location if you live in a windy or frost prone part of Marin. Prune immediately after flowering as next years flowers are produced on new branchlets.

    The fruit is eaten by birds.

    Has no serious pests or diseases as long as the drainage is good.

  • Master Gardener Comments
    N / A
  • Varietals

    G. fremontii - 10' x 10', yellowish-green leaves and yellowish or purple catkins