Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database


Garrya fremontii (Fremont Silk Tassel or Fever Bush)

Kingdom

 Plantae Plants

Subkingdom

 Tracheobionta Vascular plants

Superdivision

 Spermatophyta Seed plants

Division

 Magnoliophyta Flowering plants

Class

 Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons

Subclass

 Rosidae

Order

 Cornales

Family

 Garryaceae Silk Tassel family

Genus

 Garrya Douglas ex Lindl. silktassel

Species

 Garrya fremontii Torr. bearbrush

This delightful evergreen shrub is somewhat similar to Garrya elliptica, but has smaller winter catkins.

Found in Washington, Oregon and California, on steep, rocky slopes, it is hardy in USDA zones 7-10.

At maturity, Fremont Silk-Tassel will reach heights of 3 - 9' and widths of 8-10.'

Bright green foliage with light undersides contrasts with the decorative, yellow flowers and the subsequent purple berries.

Fremont Silk-Tassel is a critical browse plant for many wildlife species.

Specimen from southwestern Oregon. Male and female plants are sometimes offered by retail plant nurseries.

Photo below, right by A. Barra

 

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