Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database

Garrya fremontii (Fremont Silk Tassel or Fever Bush)


 Plantae Plants


 Tracheobionta Vascular plants


 Spermatophyta Seed plants


 Magnoliophyta Flowering plants


 Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons






 Garryaceae Silk Tassel family


 Garrya Douglas ex Lindl. silktassel


 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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