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Holodiscus discolor

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Species Name: Holodiscus discolor
Common Name: Cream bush or Ocean spray

Attractive shrub, a choice plant. Bark turns dark red. Prune after bloom. Likes some water.

Plant Family: Rosaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 10'h x 10'w
Growth Habit: Small dense shrub
Deciduous/Evergreen: Semi-Deciduous
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Sun
Soil Preference: Rocky, and acidic
Water Requirements: Semi-moist
Cold Hardy to: Sub-tropical
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Cream
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Northwestern California, High Sierra Nevada, Great Central Valley, Central Western California, Channel Islands, Western Transverse Ranges, San Gabriel Mtns, Peninsular Ranges.
Natural Habitat: Moist woodland edges, rocky slopes. Elevation: below 1800 meters.

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History
  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A loosely branching deciduous shrub 3 to 6 feet high with slender twigs and rounded deeply toothed leaves. Small creamy white flowers in large terminal plume-like panicles. Usually found in canyons in shade or partial shade. Gallon cans, 75c."
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