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Buttonbush - Cephalanthus occidentalis

Regular price $24.00

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Phonetic: sef-ah-LAN-thus ock-sih-den-TAH-liss

#1 Pot - 3-4' Shrub

Buttonbush is a somewhat coarse, deciduous shrub with an open-rounded habit. It is common in wet open areas, low woods, thickets, swamps, and stream/pond margins. Tiny, tubular, fragrant white flowers appear in dense, spherical, long-stalked flower heads. Long, projecting styles give the flower heads a distinctively pincushion-like appearance. Flower heads are very attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, and other insect pollinators. Flower heads mature into hard spherical ball-like fruits consisting of multiple tiny two-seeded nutlets. Fruiting heads usually persist throughout the winter. Button bush serves as a host plant for some of our largest and showiest moths including the titan sphinx, the hydrangea sphinx and the royal walnut moth.

  • Hardiness Zone:  5-9
  • Native Northeast Region: USDA Database
  • Sun Exposure:  Full sun to partial shade
  • Flower Color: White
  • Bloom Time: June, July, August
  • Soil Type: Wet
  • Mature Plant Size: 6-12' Height, 4-8' Wide
  • Plant Spacing:  6'
  • Host Plant:  Titan Sphinx, Hydrangea Sphinx, Royal Walnut
  • Attracts:  Hummingbirds, Butterflies, Bees
  • Advantages:  Nectar source is loved by all things winged
  • Landscape Uses:  Pond side, Erosion control
  • Companion Plants:  Swamp Azelia, Swamp, Rose Mallow, Viburnums, Milkweeds
  • Deer Resistant