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Native Shrub Thrives in Wet Soil

The Buttonbush, Cephalanthus occidentalis, is a rounded, 6 to 8 feet tall shrub with an equal spread. It occasionally reaches 10 to 12 feet.

The foliage emerges in late spring and is one of the latest plants to break dormancy. It has a very open, almost gangly, habit of long branches and green foliage.

The unusual flowers are creamy-white spherical heads, 1 to 1 1/4 inches long, with stamens protruding above the flower head, and blooms in late summer.

The fruit is a nutlet that persists through winter. Birds love them. Deer and other wildlife feed on the winter twigs.

It prefers moist and boggy soils and and for naturalizing in wet areas. It is not dry tolerant. It can be grown in full to part sun.

The bright green foliage turns yellow orange in autumn.

Native in the Eastern United States, from New Brunswick to Florida.Its' range extends west to Minnesota, Oklahoma and southern New Mexico, Arizona, California, into Mexico and Cuba.

*Unusual Rounded White Flower Ball

*Loves Moist to Boggy Soil

*Yellow Orange Autumn Color


Buttonbush Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-10
Growing Zones 4-10
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Cephalanthus occidentalis
Foliage Green
Mature Height 6 - 8 feet
Mature Spread 6 - 8 feet
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Flower Color White