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). Both have done well. 'Evie' grew faster and flowered sooner. 'James Roof' took several years to bloom but the wait was worth it.


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