Flora of Scotts Creek Watershed
Holodiscus discolor - Oceanspray
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Family Name: Rosaceae
Common Names: Oceanspray, Cream Bush
Origin: Native to California
Habitat: Cliffs overlooking the ocean, moist woodland edges, open gravelly or rocky slopes. Below 1800 m.
Life Form and Duration: Perennial Shrub, 1.5-6 m
Comments on overall growth: Open growth, branches slender, arching.
Bark and Stem Description: Stems brown and hairy, older branches have thin sheets of bark peeling off. Brown to purplish.
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Description: Alternate, simple. Two types of leaves, those growing on short lateral twigs/pegs off older stems (smaller leaves, 2-4 cm, and elliptic) and those directly off the main stems (larger leaves, ovate (egg-shaped) to wide-ovate, 2-12 cm). Blades thin, dull green in color, surfaces hairy, prominent parallel veins, bases broad to flat and untoothed, sides and tip of leaf blade margins toothed.
Infloresence Description: Dense panicle located at the end of branches, many small (3-5 mm) white flowers, separate from the foliage. 10-25 cm long. Very showy. After flowering stage remains on plant in dried form.
Flowering Season: May-August
Fruit Description: Achenes, 1-1.5 mm, brown.