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Cream Bush, Ocean Spray
Holodiscus discolor

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Holodiscus (ho-loh-DIS-kus) (Info)
Species: discolor (DIS-kol-or) (Info)
Synonym:Holodiscus discolour

Category:

Shrubs

Height:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Spacing:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Deciduous

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From hardwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Sebastopol, California

Whitefish, Montana

Grants Pass, Oregon

Portland, Oregon (2 reports)

Salem, Oregon (2 reports)

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Kettle Falls, Washington

Olympia, Washington

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jul 25, 2014, whitefishmike from Whitefish, MT wrote:

I live in Zone 4 (Whitefish, MT) and Ocean Spray grows very well here. It is a Montana native bush and easily survives very cold temperatures. We had three instances of minus 20 and below last winter and the Ocean Sprays came thru with flying colors!!

Neutral

On Aug 18, 2001, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Northwest native shrub with creamy white flowers in panicles; a fine root system that remains near the surface, erect basal stems with reddish brown sheddingbark; leaves dull green, alternate, hairy, broadly ovate, coarsely toothed, flowers in dense panicles, changing in June and early July from white to cream then to reddish tan as seed matures by early fall; sweet aromatic odor in fall; seed clings to clothing.