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Best known for its fragrant, attractive cream-colored flowers that hang in clusters from the branches in summer.
Holodiscus discolor 'microphyllus'
Common Name 1
› Small-leaved Creambush
Native range, mid to high elevations in Oregon and California and east to Colorado and Arizona, especially in Great Basin region.
Med - Lg Shrub (usually >3' and never < 1.5')
Common Name 2
› Small-leaved Oceanspray
Common Name 3
Western state native:
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Plant Maintenance Information
Landscape Application Information
Min. USDA Hardiness Zone:
Adapted to course, medium and fine textured soils with pH 5.0 to 7.5. Ranging from sea level to 7000 ft., this species has moderate drought tolerance.
low fertility requirements.
Leaves alternate, simple, to 2 cm long and 1.5 cm wide, light green to gray-green, often obovate, rounded to wedge-shaped base, small teeth on apical half of blade.
Predominant flower color:
Flowers in narrow clusters (panicals) to 10 cm long, 10-50 flowered; flowers 3-4 mm diameter, petals white.
Fall Color Description:
Reddish Leaves, not conspicuous
Winter Interest Description:
Older bark is dark red to brown or gray and exfoliating. Blooms dry and form brown seeds that persist thru the winter.
Oceanspray habitat varies considerably & includes streambanks, the understory of moist woods, cutover timberland and dry rocky soils and talus slopes.
Used by Wildlife:
Browsed by cattle, deer, elk & dusky-footed wood rats. Common understory species that provides cover for numerous birds, small mammals & tree frogs.
Prune severely each year after flowering to maintain a loose, graceful shrub.
Long Term Care:
Largely free of insect pests though aphids have been reported.
Deer, Elk, Rabbits, Rats browse
Largely free diseases although susceptible to fireblight (Erwinia amylovora) and a fungal leaf spot (Septogloeum sp.): https://pnwhandbooks.org/plantdisease/host-disease/ocean-spray-holodiscus-sp-leaf-spots . It is also a host of the root parasite, pine b
Broad adaption to various environments makes it aa popular ornamental for highway plantings
Cutting back mature stems will encourage vigorous growth suitable for cutting wood.
OSU Landscape Profile:
LBJ Native Plant Database:
Missouri Botanical Garden Database:
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