Draped in 15 to 20cm long catkins during January and February Garrya elliptica makes an interesting structural addition to the winter garden before the real spring activity begins in earnest.
It has tough leathery, slightly wavy edged leaves, and long silver grey silky catkins with delicate pink highlights.
Garrya elliptica is something of a dandy with the male catkins far outshining the female.
Garrya elliptica is a native of coastal California.
Garrya elliptica'James Roof' is a cultivar with exceptionally long tassles.
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