Holodiscus discolor, Oceanspray, Pacific Northwest Native Plants, Oregon Native Plant, Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Portland
Holodiscus discolor, Oceanspray, Pacific Northwest Native Plants, Oregon Native Plant, Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Portland
Holodiscus discolor, Oceanspray, Pacific Northwest Native Plants, Oregon Native Plant, Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Portland
Holodiscus discolor, Oceanspray, Pacific Northwest Native Plants, Oregon Native Plant, Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Portland

Oceanspray

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Holodiscus discolor

  • Size at maturity: 8-10' tall, 3-7' wide
  • Canopy layer: large shrub
  • Light requirements: full sun to full shade
  • Moisture requirements: moist to dry soil
  • Growth rate: medium
  • Special features: medicinal

A large, vase-shaped shrub with arching branches, Oceanspary produces large foamy white clusters of tiny flowers from June to August. In the fall and winter, the long clusters can often be found still hanging down from the branches. The wood of Oceanspray is very hard, and becomes even harder when heated over a fire. It has been used for many purposes including fish hooks, nails and knitting needles. (Portland Plant List, 2016)

Photo Credit 1: "File:Holodiscus discolor in flower.jpg" by ThayneT is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Photo Credit 2: "Creambush or Ocean Spray" by nordique is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Photo Credit 3 - 4: Tara Lemezis