Garrya elliptica ‘Evie’

Silk tassel bush 'Evie'

Plant Type: Shrub
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Occasional
Height X Width: 12' X 12'
Santa Clara County Local: Yes
What do these mean?



The ‘Evie’ selection of the silk tassel bush is another true San Francisco Bay Area native; selected in Sonoma County by Wayne Roderick, ‘Evie’ was introduced by the Saratoga Horticultural Foundation in 1975. It grows in a rounded, fairly open form with large, leathery deep green leaves. The leaf spacing in ‘Evie’ is shorter than in the other most used cultivar, Garrya eliptica ‘James Roof’. In winter the long strands of male flowers develop which lead to the decorative catkins (‘tassels’) for which the plant is named. These are somewhat longer than those of ‘James Roof’. ‘Evie’ is quite adaptable to a variety of growing conditions as long as it is kept fairly dry. Although Garrya eliptica is usually found growing among other plants in the wild, plant ‘Evie’ with ample room to show off its many qualities.


Deer Resistant: Somewhat
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen