Garrya elliptica 'James Roof'
Offers great architectural interest for the back of the border where its long flower tassels look elegant, especially when covered in frost
- 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:I am trying to find a nice plant to cover a wall by my front door. One that can be neatly grown around a gas meter box. Either planted in a pot or in the ground. The ground is heavy clay and it is west facing covering a wall area of 3.5 meters by 2.5 meters approx.
Any suggestions? I was thinking of putting a large trough or plant some plants into pots around it.Asked on 19/10/2015 by Val from Farnham
A Garrya would be lovely grown against a wall. It will tolerate a clay soil and likes a west facing aspect, but if possible I would grow it in the ground as this is quite a large shrub.
Hope this helps.Answered on 21/10/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:If I let Garrya Elliptica grow to 4m, against a fence, (for privacy) will it look unkempt or straggly? Does it need to be pruned, or is it ok without it?
Also, when the tassels fade, do they turn brown and remain on the bush for a long time, or do they drop off after they have faded?
Also, do the catkins drop off whole, or do they crumble? I am wondering how much of a mess it makes when they fall off.
Thank you.Asked on 23/6/2015 by br from london
These make very handsome wall shrubs, particularly if they are given a little formative pruning. For best results cut way any outward facing stems when you plant it, leaving just one or two stems that will create a permanent framework. These remaining stems can then be tied onto a support - ie. trellis panel or wires.
Then as the plant grows, you can pinch out the growing tips of any outward-facing shoots as this will encourage side branching, or remove badly placed branches to their base in early spring. Lanky lateral growth can be trimmed back, again to encourage bushy new growth, which can be tied onto the support as it grows.
As for the catkins, they do turn brown as they mature and do remain on the plant until they become almost crispy. At that point they can either crumble entirely, or fall off in one piece.Answered on 25/6/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:I have a garrya elliptica which has never produced tassels in the five years I have had it growing on a north facing wall. I have never pruned it and it is growing quite well but is straggly. Will it ever produce tassels?Asked on 8/3/2015 by Chris from Essex on Suffolk, Cambridge border
Given the right conditions it should produce tassels, you could always try and give it a push by feeding through the growing season with a high potash feed.
You can give it a light trim to remove any dead and straggly branches in April or May.
Hope this helps.Answered on 10/3/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:Can I grow garrya elliptica in a pot?Asked on 8/1/2014 by Beck from Norwich
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 helpsAnswered on 13/1/2014 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 TerryAsked on 31/12/2009 by Terry Allum
A:Hello Terry, If you click on the following link it will take you to all our winter flowering climbers - of which the Jasminum is tougher and more like a shrub. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/plcid.15/vid.204/ Alternatively, this link will take you to all our winter flowering shrubs. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/plcid.1/vid.204/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 5/1/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
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 17/12/2009 by dorothy
A:Hello Dorothy, There are several plants you could consider, including the Ceanothus if your soil is not too heavy. Alternatively any of the following would work well Aucuba http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.aucuba/ Elaeagnus x ebbingei http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/elaeagnus-%C3%97-ebbingei-/classid.3772/ Garrya http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/garrya-elliptica-james-roof/classid.3880/ Pyracantha http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.pyracantha/ I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 17/12/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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 thanksAsked on 6/12/2009 by Rita Ireland
A:Hello There, The best options would be one of the following
or Garrya http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/garrya-elliptica-james-roof/classid.3880 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 DoctorAnswered on 8/12/2009 by Rita Ireland
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 8/12/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Hi all, Could you please tell me if your Garrya plants are male or female, or do you have both? Regards, Nigel.Asked on 2/10/2009 by Nigel Percy
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 DoctorAnswered on 2/10/2009 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 LynnAsked on 15/7/2009 by Lynn BT
A:Hello Lynn, This plant has very small flowers, which appear in custers on the bare stems in winter. They are not particularly showy
from a distance, but they have a delicious scent, so are ideal for planting near a path or entrance.Answered on 17/7/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:Hello again Lynn, There are very few plants which will flower for a long period through winter, but the following are your best
options. Viburnum tinus http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/viburnum-tinus-/classid.4482/ Garrya eliptica
I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 17/7/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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 IvanaAsked on 15/6/2009 by Ivana Zuchovska
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 DoctorAnswered on 17/6/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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