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Garrya ovata (Eggleaf silktassel)
Flaigg, Norman G.

Garrya ovata

Garrya ovata Benth.

Eggleaf Silktassel, Mexican Silktassel, Eggleaf Garrya, Zumaque, Cuauchichic, Cuauchichi, Guachichi

Garryaceae (Silk Tassel Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Up to about 15 feet tall, often shorter.

Bloom Information

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


Native Distribution: Central Texas west to New Mexico south to Puebla in central Mexico

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Drought Tolerance: High
Cold Tolerant: yes


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes


Propagation Material: Seeds

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Nueces River Authority - Uvalde, TX

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-660 Collected 2008-12-11 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank


Bibref 355 - Landscaping with Native Plants of Texas and the Southwest (1991) Miller, G. O.
Bibref 297 - Trees of Central Texas (1984) Vines, Robert A.

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) 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 ovata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Garrya ovata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Garrya ovata


Record Modified: 2023-04-04
Research By: TWC Staff

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