Holodiscus microphyllus
Common name: 
Small-leaved Creambush
Small-leaved Oceanspray
Rock-spiraea
Pronunciation: 
ho-lo-DIS-kus my-kro-FIL-us
Family: 
Rosaceae
Genus: 
Synonyms: 
Holodiscus discolor var. microphyllus
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
Yes
  • Deciduous low-growing shrub, multi-stemmed, generally to only 3 ft (90 cm) high.  Leaves alternate, simple, to 2 cm long and 1.5 cm wide, light green to gray-green, often obovate, rounded to wedge-shaped base, small teeth on apical half of blade.  Flowers in narrow clusters (panicals) to 10 cm long, 10-50 flowered; flowers 3-4 mm diameter, petals white.  Fruit are tiny achenes (dry, one-seeded fruit), beige to gray.
  • Full sun to partial shade in rocky dry soil.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 4    Native range, mid to high elevations in Oregon and California and east to Colorado and Arizona, especially in Great Basin region.
  • microphyllusmicro, small; phyllus, leaf; small leaved
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    plant habit, spring flowering

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    flower clusters and leaves

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    leaves and stems

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    leaves

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    flower cluster

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    flowers