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Garrya elliptica 'James Roof'

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Species Name: Garrya elliptica 'James Roof'
Common Name: James Roof Silk-tassel bush

Excellent screen or specimen plant notable for its 1 foot long catkins. Very showy in winter. Protect from afternoon sun inland. Garden tolerant.

Plant Family: Garryaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 8-12' H x 6-10' W
Growth Habit: Upright
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Coast: Part sun; Inland: part shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Infrequent to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Winter
Flower Color: White catkins
Distribution: North Coast Range, Northern Sierra Nevada Foothills, Sacramento Valley, Central Coast, San Francisco Bay, Outer South Coast Ranges
Natural Habitat: Seacliffs, sand dunes, chaparral, foothill-pine woodland


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Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
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