Fremont’s silk tassel is one of the earliest blooming shrubs in the Klamath-Siskiyou region, offering showy, creamy white to yellow, tasseled flowers in late winter to early spring. The tassels are catkin-like clusters that are primarily wind pollinated. With dark green, leathery, evergreen leaves, Fremont’s silk tassel offers year-round interest. Native to California, Oregon and southern Washington, Fremont’s silk tassel inhabits a wide range of habitat types, from mixed conifer forest in the mountains, to woodland, chaparral and valley grasslands at lower elevations. It is adaptable to a wide range of soil types. Mature plants will grow to 5′-15′ depending on the location. Fremont’s silk tassel is dioecious, meaning it has distinct male and female plants. Both male and female plants need to be present in an area to achieve pollination and the attractive purple berries that are eaten by birds and small mammals. Deer notoriously love to browse on silk tassel foliage. Provide a well-drained soil mix when growing this species in the nursery setting. This species is named after John Charles Fremont (1813-1890), an explorer, military officer and politician who had a complex history, including killing Native Americans during his expeditions.
Garrya fremontii seed packets contain 1/2 teaspoon of seed.
Seed Germination Instructions
90-120 days cold-moist stratification