Garrya Elliptica James Roof
Garrya Elliptica James Roof
Silk Tassel Bush

Garrya Elliptica James Roof



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Garrya elliptica James Roof is a vigorous shrub that is ideally positioned against a fence or wall at the back of a border. Its attractive, leathery leaves create an evergreen foil for other plants, however in winter, it produces luxuriant tresses of catkin-like racemes (up to 20cm long) that resemble silvery-grey silk tassels. Recipient of the RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit), for all round excellence in the garden.

Garrya is a native of the western states of North America. This variety is appropriately named after the remarkable 20th-century plantsman James Roof who was responsible for the renowned Regional Parks Botanic Garden in Berkeley, California.


Flowers: Catkin-like flowers on male plants from December to February.

  • Moist, well drained soil
  • Full sun or partial shade
  • West. East, north facing
  • Sheltered position

This vigorous shrub needs little attention or pruning other than the removal of dead, damaged or diseased stems in spring following flowering.

The Spring Garden