The buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) is known for its flowering white balls clustered between shiny, dark green, pointed leaves. The small flowers resemble a pin cushion. Buttonbush blooms from June to August, and fruits stay on the plant from September to October. The shrub usually grows from 3 to 15 feet tall.
This plant is naturally found in backwater areas such as mud flats, slough edges and mucky swamps that are too wet for other perennial species, but will grow anywhere you plant it. It makes a wonderful cover to protect ducks from predators; bees utilize the flowers to make excellent honey. Thanks to its fast growing root system, buttonbush is great to use as erosion control, naturalizing wet areas, such as swamps and borders of lakes, streams or ponds.
- You are purchasing a Buttonbush – 1 Gallon trade pot
- Attracts butterflies
- Great near ponds and streams
- Blooms from June to August; fruits stay on the plant from September to October.
- Note: Images are of mature plants
- Family: Rubiaceae Cephalanthus occidentalis
- Mature Size: can grow up to 15’ tall
- Soil: Prefers moist soil
- Hardiness Zone: 5a-10b
- Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
- Characteristics: Deciduous shrub
- Bloom: White bloom June
- Suggested Uses: Rain Garden, Specimen
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