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Garrya wrightii Torr.
USDA Symbol: gawr3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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
AZ , NM , TX Native Distribution:
W. TX to s. AZ & n. Mex. Native Habitat:
Rocky slopes; cliff crevices; 5000 to 8000 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
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
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Record Modified: 2008-06-25
Research By: TWC Staff