Holodiscus discolor, also known as ocean spray, is a deciduous shrub that belongs to the Rosaceae family. It is native to the western coast of North America, ranging from Alaska to California.
The shrub can grow up to 3-4 meters tall and has thin, grayish bark. The leaves are simple, alternate, and deeply lobed with toothed margins. The flowers are small, creamy-white, and grow in large, dense, pyramidal clusters that resemble sprays of ocean waves, hence its common name "ocean spray." The flowers bloom from late spring to early summer and are pollinated by bees and butterflies.
Holodiscus discolor is commonly found in coastal sage scrub, chaparral, and woodland habitats, and is often used in landscaping due to its attractive flowers and drought tolerance. The plant's wood was historically used by Native American tribes for making tools and its leaves were used for medicinal purposes.
Overall, Holodiscus discolor is an important species in its native range and plays a vital role in the ecology of the western coast of North America.