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Garrya elliptica 'James Roof'

Common Name:
Plant Type:
Evergreen shrub
Garryaceae (The Silktassel Family)
Geographic Origin:
California Native?:
Plant Size:
10 feet+ high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Winter and spring
Flower Color:
Not applicable
Sun or light shade
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate to no watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 15 degrees F. or less
Garrya 'James Roof' is a strong grower, quickly reaching 10 feet or more and producing a thicket of shoots from the base. The 2-3 inch dark grey green leaves are similar to those of a live oak in their shape and wavy margins. Clusters of pale green, often purple-tinged male catkins appear at the branch tips and elongate into pendant tassels up to 1 foot long in winter and early spring. This plant responds well to pruning and may be used in large hedges and screens as well as free standing. Sun or light shade, reasonably well drained soil, moderate to no supplemental watering when established. Hardy to 15 degrees F. or less.