bush oceanspray Rosaceae Holodiscus dumosus
Leaf:Alternate, simple, deciduous, 3/4 to 2 inches long, ovate, and either coarsely toothed or lobed and serrate; entire near the base, prominently penniveined, green above and paler, velvety white below.
Flower:Perfect, very small creamy white flowers borne in 2 inch terminal clusters, appearing in mid-summer.
Fruit:Tiny, light brown, 1-seeded follicles borne in long clusters; fruit clusters persist through the winter and into the next growing season.
Twig:Slender, slightly ridged when young but becoming round with time; pith is large, white, and spongy; buds pinkish brown. Basal spouts are very straight and were historically used for arrow shafts.
Bark:Smooth and gray-brown.
Form:An erect, loosely branched shrub growing to 15 feet tall; typically has multiple, straight stems arising from the base.