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Garrya flavescens

Garrya flavescens S. Watson

Ashy Silktassel, Ashy Silk Tassel, Silktassel, Quinine Bush, Yellowleaf Silktassel

Garryaceae (Silk Tassel Family)

Synonym(s): Garrya flavescens ssp. pallida, Garrya flavescens var. pallida

USDA Symbol: GAFL2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub , Tree
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Up to about 15 feet tall.
Fruit: Dark blue to black.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun


USA: AZ , CA , NM , NV , UT
Native Habitat: Desert slopes, chaparral, pinyon-juniper woodlands, pine-oak woodlands.

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Garrya flavescens in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Garrya flavescens in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Garrya flavescens


Record Modified: 2020-05-14
Research By: CBR

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