wavyleaf silktassel Garryaceae Garrya elliptica
Leaf:Opposite, simple, evergreen and leathery, ovate, to 3 1/2 inches, entire and obviously wavy revolute margins, shiny dark green above, pale woolly-pubescent below and on the short petiole.
Flower:Species is dioecious; produced in silky drooping spikes (tassels), 2 to 5 inches long, lacking petals, pale purple and yellow, appearing mid-winter.
Fruit:Several round berry-like drupes borne in pairs on 1 1/2 to 3 inch-long tassels, individual berries 1/4 inch, purple-blue but covered in silky white pubescence, somewhat persistent.
Twig:Moderate to stout, new growth is green and covered in pale pubescence, becoming brown, twigs may be 4-angled.
Bark:Gray-brown and initially smooth, becoming irregularly rough.
Form:Commonly an arching or irregular shrub to 10 feet, on very good sites may develop into a small tree (to 30 feet).