Holodiscus discolor (ocean spray)

Description

A common sight between the Willamette Valley and the coast during the summer is the frothy sprays of creamy white flowers covering stands of Holodiscus discolor, interspersed along the highway; maybe an obvious explanation of how it got the common names Oceanspray and Cream Bush.

It appears in such lush quantity along roadsides because it is one of the plants that is successful establishing itself in disturbed areas; frequently one of the pioneer species to take hold in places that have been affected by forest fire or clear-cutting. Advantageous that it does so, as Holodiscus is an attractant to butterflies and other beneficial insects, and provides cover for birds. It is useful in the process of reclamation as well as a good wildlife plant for the home garden.

Part of the Butterfly Bed & Breakfast Project.

Description

A common sight between the Willamette Valley and the coast during the summer is the frothy sprays of creamy white flowers covering stands of Holodiscus discolor, interspersed along the highway; maybe an obvious explanation of how it got the common names Oceanspray and Cream Bush.

It appears in such lush quantity along roadsides because it is one of the plants that is successful establishing itself in disturbed areas; frequently one of the pioneer species to take hold in places that have been affected by forest fire or clear-cutting. Advantageous that it does so, as Holodiscus is an attractant to butterflies and other beneficial insects, and provides cover for birds. It is useful in the process of reclamation as well as a good wildlife plant for the home garden.

Part of the Butterfly Bed & Breakfast Project.