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Silk-tassel

Observed: 8th January 2013 By: gramandy
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Silk-tassel
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Description:

This is new to me - noticed it on my way to the seafront overhanging a garden wall. The ID seems to fit internet pics - I don't have this shrub in any of my books.

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ktmartin's picture

It's one of the few shrubs to flower in winter

So gardeners like it because it can give some interest at this time of year. It's also more noticeably in winter because most other garden plants are dormant.

David Trevan's picture

Garrya elliptica!

On of my favourite winter shrubs.Is very pretty but the only drawback is that it has no perfume unlike so many other winter flowering plants that do.

David J Trevan

Rachy Ramone's picture

Actually not that silky...

... but still well worth inclusion in a garden.

FYI Graham, you would normally see it making an oval free-standing bush: it's a bit unusual to see it hanging over a wall like this!

As David said, sadly it's not perfumed, but very decorative.

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY

gramandy's picture

guys...

...I love everything about iSpot as learning about things you know nothing about makes it all worth while. Things you've never seen before become ever more interesting - let's keep it going!!

Thanks everyone - I knew nothing about this shrub.

Rachy Ramone's picture

I love it, too!

Glad you're enjoying it, Graham - now get out there and find us another unusual shrub to identify and discuss!

*points stern finger towards door*

(No I don't care if it's cold, get out there with your camera!)

*pushes Graham outdoors, heartlessly*

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY

GrizzledBadger's picture

Catkins are quite silky

Catkins are quite silky asthey expand but before opening.

Brock