Holodiscus discolor

Ocean Spray

Shrub with stiff slender stems. Stems somewhat hairy, reddish when young, aging to gray. Leaves alternate, 1–5 in. long, oval or somewhat triangular, deeply veined; petiole round with no flat edges. Flowers white to cream on leafless sprays 4–10 in. long, about as wide. Flowers less than 1/8 in. in size, each a tiny saucer-shaped cup of 5 petals with hairs on outer surface, inside hairless. Fragrant. Flowers fade to tan in late summer and remain on the bush through most of winter. Grows in rocky open places to moist woods, from sea level to mid-elevations.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring, Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 4--9 feet
  • Habitat: Coastal, Meadow, West-Side Forest, East-Side Forest
  • Found In: Olympic Np, Mt. Rainier Np, N Cascades Np, Wallowas, Steens, Siskiyous, West Gorge
  • Native: Yes

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