Garrya fremontii is a species of flowering shrub known by several common names, including California fever bush, bearbrush, and Frémont's silktassel. Both the latter name, and the plant's specific epithet are derived from John C. Frémont
Garrya fremontii is a shrub reaching a maximum height of three to four meters. The leaves are oval-shaped, 2 to 12 centimeters long and about half as wide, and smooth green, rarely with hairs on the undersides.
The plant is dioecious, with male and female plants producing long, hanging clusters of yellowish to pinkish flowers.
The fruit is a spherical berry, starting green and turning pink and then purple. The fruit is eaten by birds and mammals, who disperse the seeds.
The plant can also sprout from its root crown. Like many other chaparral species, it is quick to recover from wildfire.
- Jepson Manual Treatment of Garrya fremontii
- USDA Plants Profile for Garrya fremontii
- FS.fed.us: Ecology
- Garrya fremontii — U.C. Photo gallery
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