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Garrya Genus

Silk tassel bush

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilClay, Fertile, Rich, Sandy, Chalky
  • WaterDry

Description

Garrya genus (Silk tassel bush). In this genus there are about 13 species of evergreen shrubs and small trees from western USA, Mexico and the West Indies. They are grown for their catkins.

Characteristics

Semi-evergreens, Shrubs or Trees

Other common names

Tassel tree

Origin

W.USA & C.America

Interest and use

Grown for their catkins in winter and spring, which are longer and more attractive on male plants. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Cultivation

They are frost hardy and will require a sheltered, sunny site and will tolerate any poor soil. It is suitable for growing against a south or west facing wall. Dislikes being transplanted.

Propagation

You can propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Susceptible to fungal leaf spot.

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