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Boxleaf Silk Tassel
Garrya buxifolia
About Boxleaf Silk Tassel (Garrya buxifolia) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Garrya buxifolia is a species of flowering shrub known by the common names dwarf silktassel and boxleaf silktassel. It is native to Oregon and northern California, where it grows in forests and chaparral, especially in the coastal mountains and hills. This is an erect shrub approaching three meters in maximum height and generally not sprawling very wide. It has a thick foliage of oval-shaped leaves, each several centimeters long and about half as wide, green and shiny on the upper surface and paler and hairy on the underside. The flower cluster is a long, hanging cluster of flowers. The shrub is dioecious, with male and female plants producing similarly arranged flower clusters. Female flowers give way to hanging bunches or small clusters of fruits. The fruit is a spherical berry which is green when young and turns reddish to dark bluish-purple when ripe.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type

10 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
White, Cream, Green

Landscaping Information
Full Sun, Part Shade

Common uses
Common uses

For propagating by seed: 3 mos. stratification [Emery and Frey 1971).

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19

Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 20.8" - 158.4", Summer Precipitation: 0.44" - 5.98", Coldest Month: 35.0" - 48.1", Hottest Month: 56.6" - 71.3", Humidity: 0.28" - 21.45", Elevation: 109" - 5709"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Boxleaf Silktassel, Dwarf Silktassel

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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