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