Taxon  Report   4211    
Holodiscus discolor  (Pursh) Maxim.
Cream bush,  Ocean spray, Oceanspray
Holodiscus discolor
© 2013 Margo Bors
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CalPhotos / Calflora
Holodiscus discolor
© 2003 Michael Charters
Holodiscus discolor
© 2014 Zoya Akulova
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.

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Holodiscus discolor
© 2018 Ron Vanderhoff
Communities: Redwood Forest, Douglas-Fir Forest, Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, Lodgepole Forest, Mixed Evergreen Forest, Chaparral, wetland-riparian

Wetlands: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands

Serpentine affinity: 1; (weak indicator / indifferent)

Habitat: slopes

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 / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
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Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

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website references from Google

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]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 18, 2019).