Botanical Name: Garrya elliptica
Notes: Silk tassel bush is a flowering evergreen shrub in the Garryaceae family that is known for its showy cascading flowers. It is native to the coastal ranges in California and Oregon but its neat attractive growing habit makes it appealing as a landscape plant. It is commonly used as a hedge and has a moderate to fast growth rate. Although the flowers bloom in January and February, dried leaves remain on the tree well into summer as light gray decorations. The plant has smooth dark bark, dark-greenish when young, but with age the bark roughens. New twigs are green and moderately stout. 'James Roof' is one popular horticultural variety known for its especially long tassels. Prune immediately after flowering. Resistant to damage by deer.