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Evie's silk tassel

Durable Delights: Evie's silk tassel

Published: Saturday, Apr. 13, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 7CALIFORNIA LIFE
Last Modified: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 - 6:53 pm

This is one in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum Durable Delights, 30 can't-fail, easy-care plants well-adapted to our region.

Evie's silk tassel

Garrya elliptica "Evie"

Size: 6 to 10 feet tall

Bloom season: Late winter, early spring

Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Pruning needs: Little or none; prune to shape

Water needs: Once established, water deeply every two weeks

Snapshot: Also called coast silk tassel, this slow-growing native shrub grows in the coastal ranges of Northern California and southern Oregon. Tolerant of drought, salt and wind, it thrives in dry, well-drained soils but can handle summer water, too. This evergreen shrub can grow as wide as it is tall with a well-rounded shape and makes an excellent screen or informal hedge. Cascading flowers give this bush its silky nickname. In late winter, foot-long catkins of creamy-white flowers with a maroon tinge hang like silk tassels from the branches. You can see specimens in the Arboretum Terrace Garden on the UC Davis campus.

• For more on Durable Delights, click on http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu.

See photo galleries of the arboretum's Community Favorites and Arboretum All-Stars at sacbee.com/community-favorites.

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