Garrya is a member of the Garryacea family. It comes from North America. Its principle interest is its hanging catkin-like flowers which grow to 20 cm long, from January to March. Its leaves are evergreen, and it prefers well-drained soil, planted as a specimen, in beds or informal hedges, but can also be used to hide walls. It is intolerant of hard frosts, which damages its flowers.