Holodiscus: Growing Guide

A deciduous shrub which may flower profusely.


May be planted under trees providing only partial shade, as a specimen in the lawn, or against a dark background, for instance holly or conifers. In full sun it will flower more profusely.


Nutritious loamy or sandy soil, which must never be too dry.


By layering, from cuttings taken in spring, or from ground shoots.

Holodiscus discolor: Height 2-4 m; small, creamy-white flowers in large, arching plumes in mid to late summer. The leaves are oval, to 9 cm in length and 4 cm across, doubly serrated or slightly lobed, densely covered in hairs on the reverse. In the autumn powdery white fruits appear; these are retained for a long time.

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