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Holodiscus discolor - (Pursh.)Maxim.
                 
Common Name Creambush, Oceanspray
Family Rosaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Woods and rocky places in California[71]. Streambanks and moist woods, canyons and hills from valleys to around 2,100 metres[212].
Range Western N. America.
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Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Holodiscus discolor Creambush, Oceanspray


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Holodiscus discolor Creambush, Oceanspray
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Physical Characteristics
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Holodiscus discolor is a deciduous Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft) by 3 m (9ft) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in flower in July, and the seeds ripen in October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms
Sericotheca discolor. Spiraea discolor. S. ariaefolia.

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked[106, 177, 183]. Small and dry[161, 183].
Medicinal Uses


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Blood purifier;  Ophthalmic;  Poultice;  Skin;  Tonic.

The seeds are a blood purifier[257]. An infusion has been used in the treatment of smallpox, black measles and chickenpox[257]. The blossoms have been used in the treatment of diarrhoea[257]. The inner bark is tonic[257]. An infusion has been used as an eyewash[257]. The bark can be dried, powdered and then used with oil as a dressing on burns[257]. A poultice of the leaves has been applied to sore lips and sore feet[257]. A powder of the dried leaves has been used as a dressing on sores[257]. A decoction of the leaves has been used in the treatment of influenza[257].
Other Uses
Wood.

Wood - very hard. Used for making small tools, roasting tongs etc[118]. It does not burn easily[118].
Cultivation details
Succeeds in a good loamy soil that does not become too dry in summer, in full sun or light shade[200]. A fast-growing plant[188], it thrives in thin woodland[11]. A very ornamental plant[1, 11], when fully dormant it is hardy to about -15°c[200], though the young growth in spring can be damaged by late frosts[K]. The flowers emit a perfume similar to meadowsweet[245].
Propagation
The seed requires 4 months stratification at 4°c. It is best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Stored seed should be sown as early in the year as possible. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood with a heel, July/August in a frame. Can be difficult[200]. Layering in spring. Easy[200].
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
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Author
(Pursh.)Maxim.
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