silk tassel bush

Garrya elliptica | Also known as: wavyleaf silktassel, coast silk-tassel | Rating: 1 votes | Print / Pdf

The female of the species is less pretty than the male.

With an elegant name like silk tassel bush, you would expect garrya elliptica to be attractive. Well this shrub certainly doesn’t disappoint and is a fantastic way to add interest to your garden design during winter when it displays slender, dangling clusters of greyish-green flowers. Female plants will produce greyish-purple fruits if the flowers are pollinated but male plants are considered a more attractive option for garden designs. Ideally grown in well-drained loamy or sandy soil, silk tassel bush does best in full sunlight or partial shade. These spectacular shrubs are sensational hedging plants and look incredible in borders, particularly where they can grow against a wall. You can also use silk tassel bush within a coastal garden as a windbreak that will stand out for its sheer magnificence.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 4
Spread [m]
  • 4
Dominant flower colour
  • Green
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Mid winter
  • Late winter
  • Early spring
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • semi-ripe cuttings
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Dense
  • Upright
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z8-11
Heat zone
  • H12-8
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -12 - 4
Heat days
  • 90 - 210
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Ornamental foliage and catkins
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • Neighbour repellant
  • For every season
Garden type
  • Coastal
Garden spaces
  • Walls, trellises and pergolas
  • Windbreak
  • Hedges and screens
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years