Taxon  Report   4211    
Holodiscus discolor  (Pursh) Maxim.
Cream bush,  Ocean spray, Oceanspray
Holodiscus discolor, a dicot, is a shrub that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

Bloom Period
Wetlands: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands

Serpentine affinity: 1; (weak indicator / indifferent)

Habitat: slopes

Communities: Redwood Forest, Douglas-Fir Forest, Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, Lodgepole Forest, Mixed Evergreen Forest, Chaparral, wetland-riparian

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
ICPN: Holodiscus dumosus
PLANTS: Holodiscus boursieri
PLANTS: Sericotheca discolor
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More information about  Holodiscus discolor
Nursery availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Jepson eFlora


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)

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]. 2020. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Mar 28, 2020).