Evergreen, Shrubs, Trees
Grown mainly for their pendulous male and female catkins, which appear on separate plants; male catkins are longer, more slender, and more decorative than female ones. Both sexes must be present for female plants to produce their grapelike clusters of fruit.
Native to Coast Ranges from southern Oregon to Southern California. Densely foliaged plant reaches 10–20 ft. high and as wide; can be trained as a small tree. Elliptical, wavy-edged leaves to 2 1/2 in. long are dark green above with gray and woolly undersides. Clustered flower tassels appear in winter. Male catkins are yellowish to greenish yellow, 3–8 in. long; female ones are pale green, rather stubby, 2–3 1/2 in. long. Clustered purplish fruits on female plants hang on all summer–even longer if not eaten by birds. Excellent foliage plant; use as screen, informal hedge, or specimen.Garrya fremontii
Native to mountains ofWashington, Oregon, California, Arizona. To 9 ft. tall and wide. Leaves are glossy, smooth edged, and lively yellow-green on both upper and lower surfaces. Yellowish or purple catkins; purple or black fruit. Takes heat and cold better than G.elliptica. No irrigation needed.
All squills have bell-shaped or starlike flowers that come on leafless stems that rise from modest clu...
To 4–10 in. high, 8 in. wide. Leaves similar to those of polyanthus primrose. Evergreen in milder clim...
Smaller than the species, this deciduous shrub grows 6–10 ft. high and a not quite as wide.&ndash