Magical Moonlight Buttonbush

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Butterflies Adore Magical Moonlight Buttonbush

  • Dwarf Hybrid of a Beloved Native Shrub
  • Hundreds of Tiny, Tubular Flowers Pack Into Showy White Bloom
  • Cute Flower Heads Shaped Like Pom Poms
  • Incredibly Fragrant Flowers
  • Wonderful Pollinator Shrub
  • Flowers Develop into Seeds for Birds
  • Glossy, Thick Leaves
  • Rounded, Compact Form
  • Tolerates Wet Environments and Boggy Soil
  • Great in Rain Gardens or Near Downspouts
  • Easy-Care
  • High Performance
  • Widely Adaptable
  • Grow in Large Outdoor Containers for Years
  • Thrives in Full Sun, Partial Shade or Shade

Gardens are places where fanciful daydreams come to life. Whimsy meets performance with the unique Magical Moonlight Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis 'Kolmoon').

Use these compact deciduous shrubs in low-lying spots in your landscape. They look incredible near water, and provide so much value to your local butterflies, honey bees and hummingbirds.

They are also excellent landscape shrubs with exceptionally beautiful ornamental features. Rely on them to help define your space without regard to sun conditions.

Incredibly fragrant, long-lasting blooms cover these mounded shrubs for weeks in the early season. Each fuzzy, round bloom is actually a tightly packed sphere of tubular flowers.

Do you know how much hummingbirds love these tubular-shaped flowers with protruding, yellow-tipped stamens? These symbiotic partners make a perfect match for use in Butterfly or Pollinator Gardens.

Butterflies and bees are attracted to its nectar. Bees use their blooms to produce honey.

Magical Moonlight Buttonbush is a naturally dwarfed version of the native Buttonbush. They'll fit in small space gardens, and can even be kept in outdoor containers for many years with plenty of supplemental water.

The dark green foliage is textured and lustrous. Leverage their lush fullness as an attractive privacy screen.

In bloom, you'll be enchanted by their honey-sweet fragrance. Slowly over the course of the season, they'll morph into seeded fruit.

These magnificent shrubs are an excellent choice in naturalized landscapes. Waterfowl and shorebirds consume the seeds; and wood ducks protect their brooding nests in the branches.

Let your landscape design soar with these extra-special shrubs. Become part of the grander web of life, and enjoy their charm at the same time.

Grant your wishful plantings a net positive impact. Order Magical Moonlight Buttonbush from our wildlife plant experts today.

How to Use Magical Moonlight Buttonbush in the Landscape

Grow these in woodland gardens to provide scent, shapely and texture to otherwise dim or drab areas. Use them in an undulating row, or loose zigzag.

They'll grow together and touch if you plant them three feet apart on center, measuring from the center of one to the center of the next. Vary the width between plantsall the way out to eight feet apartto create a natural-looking clump.

It's a tried-and-true garden formula that an odd number of plants looks best. Try an offset planting on either side of a Cottage Garden gate, with three on one side and five on the other.

Repeat their use in a mass planting along a low-lying hollow. Create a soft, flowering edge to lakes, streams and ponds.

They'll be wonderful in Rain Gardens. Make a plan to slow potentially polluted runoff from roofs and streets, using hard-working moisture-loving plants and a series of berms.

With proper care, Magical Moonlight Buttonbush can also provide screening in urban roof gardens. Place it near a Rain Barrel, or set it up on an automated watering system.

How exciting to make the most of your landscape. Nature Hills offers so many water-loving plants to partner with, including sweet Sedge grasses and boldly colorful Upright Red Chokeberry shrubs. Let your creativity soar!

#ProPlantTips for Care

This is a durable shrub that tolerates most sites and any amount of sunlight. It truly loves rich organic moist soil best.

Work in a few handfuls of compost, and a packet of Nature Hills Root Booster to the backfill soil, following directions. You'll support the tiniest feeder roots over the entire life of your plants.

Buttonbush can tolerate moist soils. Ensure they receive plenty of water on a consistent schedule. Apply mulch over the root system, but please don't let it directly touch the stems.

Prune to shape in late winter. Remove damaged branches at that time, clipping at a 45-degree angle above a swollen leaf bud.

You'll be thrilled with these outstanding landscape plants. Make your order for Magical Moonlight Buttonbush now, and we will ship to you at the correct planting time for your growing zone.

Go ahead and do your Happy Dance when you see the sturdy boxes arrive on your doorstep!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Magical Moonlight Buttonbush Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Plants That Work
Botanical Name Cephalanthus occidentalis 'Kolmoon'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 5 - 7 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Full Shade
Soil Tolerates Wet Soil
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time Spring - Summer
Pruning Time Late Winter