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James Roof Silk Tassel Bush*

Garrya elliptica 'James Roof'

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James Roof Silk Tassel Bush (Garrya elliptica 'James Roof') at Alsip Home and Nursery

James Roof Silk Tassel Bush foliage

James Roof Silk Tassel Bush foliage

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  10 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  8

Other Names:  Coast Silk Tassel, Wavyleaf Silktassel


This variety is an upright, evergreen shrub with glossy green oval leaves with a wavy margin and dense woolly coating underneath; the gray-green male catkins are longer than the female; dried catkins will persist on this bush through the summer

Ornamental Features

James Roof Silk Tassel Bush has masses of beautiful chains of grayish green catkins with silver overtones hanging below the branches in late winter, which are most effective when planted in groupings. It has attractive dark green foliage with grayish green undersides. The glossy oval leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

James Roof Silk Tassel Bush is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

James Roof Silk Tassel Bush is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

James Roof Silk Tassel Bush will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.


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Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Garden 
Flowers  Foliage Color 
Ornamental Features