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Holodiscus discolor

creambush

A strong growing deciduous shrub to a height of 4m, with oval-shaped, lobed grey-green leaves. In midsummer luxuriant pendulous plumes of tiny creamy white flowers appear

Other common names
ocean spray
shrubby meadowsweet
Synonyms
Spiraea discolor
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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained, Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Green Cream White
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or North–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered or Exposed
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Rosaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Columnar upright, Bushy
Name status

Correct

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grows well in any well-drained, fertile, rich soil in sun or partial shade

Propagation

Propagate by seed as soon as ripe. Root semi-ripe cuttings in summer or propagate by layering in summer or autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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