The long hanging silvery catkins of Garrya elliptica, also known as the silk tassel bush are a striking sight in winter. With its evergreen leaves and graceful catkins, Garrya makes an excellent wall shrub or specimen plant in a border. Frost hardy, but can suffer light damage in very cold weather.
DFG rating: 9/10
Mature size (after pruning): Very large.
RHS pruning group: 8
Leaves: Evergreen, ovary, leathery and hard.
Flowers: Tiny, the Catkins are the feature and are a silvery grey and hang up to 10cm.
Soil Ph: Lightly Acidic.
Hardiness: Hardy but best in a sheltered location as the leaves can have damaged stems in Winter, but prune damaged leaves and stems in the Spring.