SelecTree: Tree Detail

COAST SILKTASSEL
Garrya elliptica

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Photo Locations: Strybing Arboretum - San Francisco, CA, Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Tilden Regional Park - Berkeley, CA and Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden - Claremont, CA

General Notes

Utility Friendly Tree Utility friendly tree.

California native shrub or small tree. Known for its clustered flower tassels.

Native to western coast of the United States.

Trees may be referred to as male or female.

Family: Garryaceae

Additional Common Names

COAST SILKTASSEL, WAVY-LEAF SILKTASSEL, SILK-TASSEL BUSH

Tree Characteristics

Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.

Rounded Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 12 - 15 feet.

Width: 8 - 12 feet.

Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.

Longevity 40 to 150 years.

Leaves Elliptic, Gray Green or Dark Green, No Change, Evergreen.

Flowers Showy. Green or Yellow. Flowers in Winter. Has either male or female flowers (dioecious). Trees may be sold as male or female.

Purple Berry, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Fall, Winter or Summer.

Bark Dark Brown or Light Green, Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Dense in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Wet Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 4 - 9 and 14 - 21.

USDA Hardiness Zones 8 - 10.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Moist to Dry Soil.

Drought tolerant.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Moderate Zone.

Pests & Disease Information

Susceptible to Aphids.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Medium.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

Allergy Health Hazard.

Desirable Wildlife Plant.

Attracts Birds.

Special Uses & Values

Screen.

Hedged.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Garrya elliptica Tree Record." 1995-2019. May 26, 2019.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/garrya-elliptica >

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