Garrya elliptica Lindl.

Silk-tassel Bush

Evergreen, vigorous bushy shrub or small tree 2-4 m tall. Leaves oval to roundish, 6-8 cm long, about 4 cm wide, rounded at each end, slightly glossy above and with grey curly wool below, the margins wavy, stalk thick and woolly. Flowers in thick catkins towards the tips of the branches, to about 20 cm or more long. Fruits roundish and silky. Generally planted as the male clone.

W North America.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Garryaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Garrya elliptica 'James Roof'

Catkins exceptionally long, sometimes well over 30 cm. A male clone that arose from a batch of seedlings at the Regional Parks Bot. Garden, Berkeley, California. Commemorates the garden director.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Garryales
family       Garryaceae
genus        Garrya Lindl.