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Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014, 1:00 a.m.

Plant of Merit: Garrya elliptica

  • Garrya elliptica, also known as coast silk tassel, thrives in poor soil that gets little sunlight.

    Garrya elliptica, also known as coast silk tassel, thrives in poor soil that gets little sunlight.

WHAT: Garrya elliptica is also known as coast silk tassel and thrives in poor shaded soil.
It's long white tassels blow gracefully in the wind during a time of year when garden interest is needed, specifically December through early spring.
They create the same vertical effect as tinsel on a Christmas tree.
SUN OR SHADE: Dry shade is optimal protected from strong cold winter winds.
SIZE: Coast silk tassel matures at 12- to-15-feet tall and as wide.
SEE IT: At the Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens Native Plant Trail; 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett; for more information see www.evergreenarboretum.com and take a virtual photo tour. 425-257-8597.
Source: Sandra Schumacher
Story tags » Gardening

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