Garrya elliptica ‘James Roof’

'James Roof' Silk Tassel Bush

Plant Type: Shrub
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Occasional
Height X Width: 10' X 10'
Santa Clara County Local: Yes
What do these mean?



The coast silk tassel is a fairly common shrub in the coast ranges from southern Oregon to Santa Barbara County. It is more common on the Pacific slopes but also thrives on east facing slopes with significant marine influence. One such location is the Santa Cruz Mountains, where the coast silk tassel is common on both sides of “the hill.” The form is rounded and fairly open, with dark leathery leaves. Both the male and female plants have attractive pendant flowers, but the male flowers are more dramatic and attractive. The ‘James Roof’ selection is said to have longer tassels than the ‘Evie’ selection. The leaves are somewhat darker. I have planted both selections in full sun in San Jose (climate zone 15) and found that the ‘Evie’ selection is more robust - growing more vigorously and flowering abundantly. I have yet to see my ‘James Roof’ selection flower in this setting, though the plant has otherwise grown well. Both plants are entirely naturalized, i.e. receive no supplemental irrigation, even during the drought. I suspect that ‘James Roof’ would do better with some shade protection.


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