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Holodiscus discolor


Oceanspray (Holodiscus discolor) offers clouds of tiny creamy white flowers popular with bees and butterflies.

Oceanspray (Holodiscus discolor) is a common and distinctive deciduous shrub in coastal BC most often seen along shorelines and along hiqhways with its clouds of tiny creamy white flowers that cover the plants in early summer. It has a loose, graceful habit with lobed deciduous leaves. It is an important nectar source for native bees and butterflies and is a larval host for native butterflies. It also has a long history of use by First Nations peoples. Salt and drought tolerant.

Common Name: Oceanspray

Family: Rosaceae (The Rose Family)

Zone Hardiness: 4-9

Light: Full Sun, Part Sun, Part Shade

Height: 6-10'

Width: 3-5'

Primary Bloom Colour: White/Cream

Secondary Bloom Colour: White/Cream

Class: Deciduous

Type: Shrub

Bloom Time: Early Summer

Soil Moisture: Average, Dry, Drought Tolerant

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No

Berries: No

Benefits: Bees, Butterflies

Deer Resistant: Yes

BC Native: Yes

Native Habitat: Dry to mesic bluffs, rocky slopes, clearings, thickets, forest edges and open forests from low elevations into the mountains from southern BC to California.

Award: AGM

Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - North America

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