Eriobotrya japonica (Loquat)
- Usually Flowers : January, February, March, November, December
Evergreen shrub or small tree with large, almost leathery, dark green leaves. Fragrant, self-pollinating, yellow flowers. November to March. Ht.4m.(13ft.). Golden-orange fruit after flowers. Grow in sun or part shade and fertile, moist, well-drained soil. Can withstand salty aspects. May need some frost protection. Good for mediterranean type gardens.
Garrya elliptica (Silk Tassel Bush)
- Usually Flowers : January, February, December
Evergreen, bushy, dense shrub with dark, wavy-edged glossy green leaves. Flowers as grey-green catkins, much longer on male than female plants from December to February. Ht. 4mt.(14ft.). Frost hardy. Best grown in full sun or partial shade, in fertile, well-drained soil. Good at back of shrub border or against a wall. Can be used as a windbreak in coastal regions.
- Usually Flowers : April, May
Rare plant as it bears small, green-purple, dioecious flowers, from purple-red buds, in the centre of leaves. April to May. Black fruits in autumn if both sexes grown. Grow in sun or shade in moist soil.