Garrya elliptica is an evergreen shrub suited for growing against walls or fences. The catkins (tassels) are produced in profusion from mid-winter through until early spring. Male and female catkins are on separate plants. It is said that the female produces longer catkins. I have never seen any evidence of this.
How do you tell if it is male or female? The male catkins will have pollen - the female plant will have little brown berries!
Looks best in a sunny position, but will do well in part shade. Garrya Can suffer from wind scorch on foliage if grown in exposed position.
The leaf scorch should not be confused with the fungal disease 'leaf spot' which frequently occurs. Preventative treatment with a fungal spray is best idea.
After the catkins, you will have a grey-green evergreen for the rest of the year!
By David Hughes