Holodiscus discolor is a fast growing shrub of western North America that is commonly known as ocean spray, creambush or ironwood. It is common in the Pacific Northwest where it is found in both openings and the forest understory at low to moderate elevations.
Cascading clusters of white flowers droop from the branches and have a faint sweet, sugary scent. While it is attractive in flower, the flowers quickly turn a less attractive brown. It has small, hairy fruit containing one seed which is light enough to be dispersed by wind and I swear that every one of them germinates.
It has little food value for wildlife. It does provide cover for some birds and the Pacific Treefrog.
Pronunciation: hole-oh-DIS-cuss dis-KULL-er
Species Meaning: means two-colored; the leaves are green on the upper surface, paler beneath
Holodiscus discolor is native to Western North America.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: N0004
This was one of the main plants growing on the property before the garden was started. It has been significantly pared back and more of it will be removed over time because it doesn’t add much wildlife value.