Search for native plants by scientific name, common name or family. If you are not sure what you are looking for, try the Combination Search or our Recommended Species lists.
Search native plant database:
Garrya wrightii Torr.
USDA Symbol: GAWR3
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Wright’s silktassel or Wright’s catclaw is usually a small, compact shrub seldom over 6 1/2 ft. tall. Occasionally the plant reaches 12 ft. and become somewhat tree-like. Opposite, short-petioled, round leaves are leathery and evergreen. Catkin-like flowers are followed by purplish-blue, pea-sized fruit.
Some authors segregate members of the Garrya genus into a separate family, the Garryaceae.
The species name of this plant is for Charles Wright, 1811-1885, world-wide botanical collector but mainly in Texas (1837-1952), Cuba and his native Connecticut.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May
, TX Native Distribution:
to s. AZ
& n. Mex. Native Habitat:
Rocky slopes; cliff crevices; 5000 to 8000 ft.
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Low Light Requirement:
Part Shade CaCO3 Tolerance:
Medium Soil Description:
Limestone or igneous rock. Conditions Comments:
Some authors segregate member of the Garrya genus
into a separate family, the Garryaceae. This species is good as dwarf, evergreen
specimen for a rocky slope or for use in erosion control. Slow-growing.
PropagationDescription: Propagate by seed, layers, or cuttings of half-ripened wood.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CA
Record Last Modified: 2008-06-25
Research By: TWC Staff