Taxon  Report   4211 
Holodiscus discolor  (Pursh) Maxim.
Cream bush,  Ocean spray, Oceanspray
Holodiscus discolor
© 2003 Michael Charters
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Holodiscus discolor
© 2014 Zoya Akulova
Holodiscus discolor
© 2007 Neal Kramer
Holodiscus discolor, a dicot, is a shrub that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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Holodiscus discolor
© 2013 Margo Bors
Redwood Forest, Douglas-Fir Forest, Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, Lodgepole Forest, Mixed Evergreen Forest, Chaparral, wetland-riparian
Habitat: slopes
Wetlands: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands
AFFINITY to serpentine soil:   1 (weak indicator / indifferent)   [Safford et al 2005]
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Name Status:
Accepted by TJM2 + PLANTS + JM93
Alternate Names:
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TJM2: Holodiscus dumosus
PLANTS: Sericotheca discolor
PLANTS: Holodiscus microphyllus
PLANTS: Holodiscus microphyllus var. typicus
PLANTS: Holodiscus microphyllus var. sericeus
PLANTS: Holodiscus microphyllus var. microphyllus
PLANTS: Holodiscus microphyllus var. glabrescens
PLANTS: Holodiscus glabrescens
PLANTS: Holodiscus boursieri
PLANTS: Holodiscus dumosus var. glabrescens
PLANTS: Holodiscus discolor ssp. franciscanus
PLANTS: Holodiscus discolor var. ariaefolius
PLANTS: Holodiscus discolor var. delnortensis
PLANTS: Holodiscus discolor var. franciscanus
PLANTS: Holodiscus discolor var. glabrescens
PLANTS: Holodiscus dumosus ssp. saxicola
PLANTS: Holodiscus dumosus var. australis
PLANTS: Spiraea discolor
TJM2: Holodiscus saxicola
More information about  Holodiscus discolor
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
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The effects of climate change on wild plant life cycles:  "Comox indians use oceanspray ... flowering as an indicator of the best time to dig for butter clams" (Susan Mazer, PhD, Liz Matthews, PhD, National Park Service)

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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available:   (Accessed: Feb 22, 2018).

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