This is an unassuming evergreen shrub which, often mistaken for a climber which it actually isn’t. It goes completely unnoticed for most of the year. However, in January – of all times – it produces large clusters of the most enormous catkins that you have ever seen. As a talking point, well worth accommodating. One of few plants that will thrive against a north-facing wall. Very hardy.

Fresh foliage with the young catkins forming.

Garrya elliptica with catkins nearly fully formed.