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Garrya elliptica (male form)
Garrya elliptica (male form)
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Information Only - Native to the western United States, Garrya elliptica is a magnificent, evergreen shrub, famous for its long (up to 25 - 30 cm), trailing, grey-green catkins in late winter. These delightful catkins make give a fantastic winter display and is particularly beautiful when grown against a wall or fence, as this helps give the plant height and shape.

Although often planted to fill shady areas, for example against north facing walls, Garrya elliptica makes an even better specimen shrub in a sunny site!

Looking for a plant with similar spectacular catkins? Try Corylus colurna 'Te Terra Red' or Corylus avellana 'Contorta'

This plant is currently listed on our website for Information Only - Sadly it is not currently available for sale as Garrya does not seem to enjoy the cold, wet winters in our area.

  • Position: Full sun or shade.
  • Soil: Well drained, fertile soil.
  • Hardiness: Hardy. Garrya elliptica appreciates shelter from severe winter winds in cold parts of the U.K.
  • Flowering Period: December to February.
  • Flower Colour: Grey-green
  • Rate of Growth: Moderate.
  • Habit: Garrya elliptica grows to be a large, densely branching shrub.
    • Height: 4 m (13 ft).
    • Spread: 4 m (13 ft).
  • Notes: Garrya elliptica is tolerant of atmospheric pollution and will grow also well in coastal areas. Prune to shape or remove any dead branches in late spring if required.


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