Holodiscus

Holodiscus is indigenous in temperate regions of North America and comprises eight species, of which H. discolor is the main species to be cultivated. H. discolor (syn. Spiraea discolor) is a deciduous, broad, woody-stemmed shrub, 2.5-3 m tall, with thin, arching, often reddish-brown branches, spreading, dark green, serrated leaves, 4-10 cm long, covered with white or grey-felted hair on the underside, and elegant, terminal, pendent sprays of small, creamy-white flowers with five petals and sepals and many stamens slightly protruding from the corolla. It is suitable as a specimen plant or as background foliage in a sunny spot in moist, rather sandy soil, rich in humus. To encourage flowering, remove old wood and trapped branches; prune back (hard) immediately after flowering. Propagate from seed, cuttings (under glass), and by layering.

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