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Holodiscus discolor (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)
Holodiscus discolor (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)

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Zones 1-9, 14-19, 31, 32, 34, 39
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Holodiscus discolor

Cream Bush, Ocean Spray
Rosaceae
Deciduous, Shrubs

HOLODISCUS

The most widely sold species are Western natives that are similar in appearance to closely related Spiraea. Nodding, branched clusters of many small, creamy white flowers at the branch tips in late spring or early summer make quite a show and attract birds. Flowers age to tannish gold and remain attractive for a long time. Prune by thinning after the flowers have turned brown and the clusters have withered. Use these shrubs in native plantings or rural low-maintenance gardens where they can fend for themselves.

Holodiscus discolor

Native to the Coast Ranges, Sierra Nevada; north to British Columbia, east to the Rocky Mountains. May reach 20 ft. tall and 15 ft. wide in moist, rich soil. In dry, sunny situations, as east of the Cascades in Oregon and Washington, may grow to just 3 ft. tall and 4 ft. wide. Triangular leaves to 3 in. long are deep green above, white and hairy beneath; the edges are coarsely toothed. Creamy white flower clusters grow to about 1 ft. long.

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