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Common name: Silk tassel bush

With its impressive display of long silvery catkins in the depths of winter, this evergreen shrub is a striking feature at a time when little else is in flower. Give it a sheltered spot and enough space to reach its full potential, and it'll perform reliably for years to come.


This shrub produces cascades of long, silky, tassel-like catkins in January and February. These are set against a backdrop of dark evergreen leaves that have a silvery underside. Garrya can grow to a substantial size over time.


Garry prefers a sheltered spot, such as against a warm wall. It grows particularly well in milder regions and coastal locations. It likes well-drained soil, in sun or shade.


Heavy frosts, an exposed site or drought can cause browning or scorching of the leaves. Its growth may be slower in colder locations.

Did you know?

Garrya plants are either male or female. Both form catkins, although those of male plants are showier – up to 35cm (14in) long – and release pollen. When the female plant’s catkins are pollinated, they form small dark berries.

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