Garrya elliptica 'James Roof'

silk-tassel bush

2 litre pot 20cm
pot size guide
£24.99 £16.99 Buy

Offers great architectural interest for the back of the border where its long flower tassels look elegant, especially when covered in frost

Lucy Summers - Greenfingers Guides

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  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moderately-fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: December to February
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protectio n in cold areas)

    Long, silvery catkins up to 20cm long, shine out among glossy, wavy-edged, dark green leaves throughout winter. The silken tassels of this upright, evergreen shrub make a stunning feature in the winter garden. Try it towards the back of a sunny, shrub border, against a wall or as a windbreak in coastal areas. When it has finished its display, the dark foliage makes a lovely foil for summer-flowering shrubs.

  • Garden care: Cut back dead or straggly branches in April or May.

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  • Q:

    Can I grow garrya elliptica in a pot?
    Asked on 1/8/2014 by Beck from Norwich

    1 answer

    • Plant Doctor


      Hello there
      You could try growing it in a really large pot, but it would need to be well watered and fed. Ideally it is better to grow it in the ground, as this large shrub could grow to 4m x 4m eventually.
      Hope this helps

      Answered on 1/13/2014 by Anonymous from Crocus
  • Q:

    Winter flowering shrubs and climbers to plant with new hedge

    Hello, I have newly planted a hedge (made up from Hornbeam, Rosa rugosa, Blackthorn, Cornus, Hawthorn and Hazel) about 50ft long. I have been told that if I was to plant amongst the hedge some winter flowering Clematis such as 'Wisley Cream' it would give some nice colour these bleak winter months when the hedge is bare of foliage. The hedge is south facing and although the ground is ???good??? heavy Cambridgeshire clay the hedge has been planted in a trench back filled with leaf mulch, chipped wood and spent peat. Although I have said about in-planting Clematis in the hedge, I am open to other plant suggestions if you have any. Regards Terry
    Asked on 12/31/2009 by Terry Allum

    1 answer

  • Q:

    Clay loving evergreen plant for covering a wall

    Sir, I need to hide an ugly brick wall. I would prefer to have all year cover, meaning evergreen, and not over 6` or so tall, and able to thrive in my clay rich soil. I thought of a blue lilac but am not sure if the roots could cope. A variety of plants might look nice and would breakup the monotony of the wall, but your advice would be much appreciated. Sincerely, Dorothy.
    Asked on 12/17/2009 by dorothy

    1 answer

  • Q:

    Plant to cover a fence

    Please can you suggest a shrub/tree that could be grown as an espalier on a new 2 metre close boarded fence, facing East by North-it gets a good few hours of sun in the morning. I need to cover about 10 to 12 feet in width, and the plant would need to be planted close to one end of the fence. (The fence borders a paved area leading into a border.) I would hope to start with something already fairly well grown if possible. Many thanks
    Asked on 12/6/2009 by Rita Ireland

    2 answers

    • A:

      Dear Helen, Thank you for the reply. I had been thinking about Pyracantha so you have confirmed that this would be suitable.

      Answered on 12/8/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
    • A:

      Hello There, The best options would be one of the following
      or Garrya Unfortunately though we only sell the sizes listed on our site and none of them will have been trained into an espalier. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

      Answered on 12/8/2009 by Rita Ireland
  • Q:

    Garrya elliptica

    Hi all, Could you please tell me if your Garrya plants are male or female, or do you have both? Regards, Nigel.
    Asked on 10/2/2009 by Nigel Percy

    1 answer

    • A:

      Hello Nigel, The Garryas we sell are not sexed, so they could be either a male or a female plant. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

      Answered on 10/2/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
  • Q:

    Some more help?

    Dear Sirs I want to plant a Viburnum ?? bodnantense Charles Lamont at the bottom of a 55ft garden for winter interest. Would I get any benefit from this shrub at this sort of distance? As you can tell I'm very much a novice at all this gardening business!! Thank you for your help Regards Lynn
    Asked on 7/15/2009 by Lynn BT

    2 answers

  • Q:

    What plants can I grow in shaded pots?

    Good afternoon I need to get hold of some nice plants for outside our small office. The only problem is that the office is based in a basement so the plants would be placed outside in the light well - just along the 2-2.5m wall where we hardly get any sun during the day. We would like the plants to be planted in large pots (containers) and we would probably put some wires on the wall so the plants can grow up...if you know what I mean. Could you please give me some suggestions of what kind of plants we should buy? Thank you very much. Look forward to hearing from you soon. Kind Regards Ivana
    Asked on 6/15/2009 by Ivana Zuchovska

    1 answer

    • A:

      Hello Ivana, All plants will need a reasonable amount of light if they are to thrive, but there are one or two which can cope in quite low light. If you want to cover a wall, then your best option would be to get the biggest pots you can find and try either Pyracantha or Garrya. both evergreen shrubs, which can be tied onto a network of wires. Alternatively Hederas are incredibly tough. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

      Answered on 6/17/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
  • Q:

    How big is the Garrya elliptica 'James Roof'?

    I am interested in buying a Garrya elliptica 'James Roof' and wondered how tall the actual plant is that I would receive?
    Asked on 5/24/2006 by lintamacats

    1 answer

    • A:

      The Garrya in a 2 or 3lt pot will currently be around 30cm tall.

      Answered on 5/25/2006 by Crocus
  • Q:

    Which plants are Deer proof?

    I want a list of Deer proof plants please. It`s either a change in habitat or environment, but I get total devastation now and in the last two years they come up the drive.
    Asked on 2/3/2006 by david

    1 answer

    • A:

      Deer can be a real problem and deer proof plants are usually thorny, poisonous or simply taste awful, but it is hard to give a definitive list as you might get the odd deer with unusual tastes which might like the bitter taste! Below is a list of good plants that generally are quite successful though. Cornus varieties, Rhus, Sophora, Solanum, Berberis, Rosemary, Buxus, Cotoneaster, Ilex, Pyracantha, Garrya, Juniperus, Nandina, Elaeagnus, Aralia, Aucuba, Cortaderia, Yucca, Santolina, Hypericum, Myrtle, Vinca, Achillea, Digitalis, Echinacea and Dryopteris. Finally, fencing is one method to protect garden crops from deer. Since deer jump, you need an 8-foot fence for best results or stout chicken-wire fencing securely around smaller garden plots. Alternatively, fence the area with a thorny shrub, preferably something that will grow to at least 6 feet. Deer eat roses and some thorns but hawthorn, boxwood and holly will exclude them. Deer are also deterred by dogs, hanging aluminum foil, mirrors, wood that hits objects in the wind and other noise-makers. Some old-fashioned repellents are human hair and blood and bonemeal. Hanging bars of fragrant deodorant soap from branches may work. Other well-known deer repellents are mothballs or moth flakes spread on the ground or put in mesh bags for hanging in a tree. Unfortunately though, no repellent is 100 percent effective, especially if the deer population is high and deer are starving.

      Answered on 2/6/2006 by Crocus
  • Q:

    What climber can I grow in a shady area?

    I have a blank wall that only gets sun late afternoon. Can you please advise me what I should choose?
    Asked on 3/21/2005 by william high

    1 answer

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