Garrya wrightii Torr.
Garryaceae (Silk Tassel Family)
USDA Symbol: gawr3
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May
DistributionUSA: AZ , NM , TX
Native Distribution: W. TX to s. AZ south to Puebla in central Mexico
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 DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Garrya wrightii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Garrya wrightii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Garrya wrightii
MetadataRecord Modified: 2008-06-25
Research By: TWC Staff