Crimson Comet Buttonbush

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Showy Wildlife Crimson Comet Buttonbush

  • Excellent Flowering Display
  • White, Pom-Pom Blooms in Spring
  • Flowers Smell Like Honey
  • One of the Best Native Cultivars for Butterflies and Beneficial Pollinators
  • Fun Red Fruit Feeds Songbirds
  • Lush Foliage Provides Cover
  • Brilliant Red Fall Color
  • Thrives in Sun to Partial Shade
  • Great Screening Plant
  • Tolerates Wet Soil
  • Full Sun or Partial Shade
  • Can Be Kept in Large Containers for Many Years
  • Seldom Severely Damaged by Deer

How nice to rely on native shrubs in your garden design. Thoughtful choices are a boon for your local ecology, and modern cultivars deliver exceptional ornamental features.

A perfect example of this innovative trend is Crimson Comet Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis 'SMCBM'). This widely adaptable, bog tolerant shrub is truly an incredible native selection loaded with flowers and fruit for butterflies, bees and birds.

Start off your season with some of the cutest flowers you'll ever see. Spherical, honey-scented, spiky little globes cover the mid-toned foliage.

They deliver plenty of nectar for local pollinators. So much, in fact, you should consider planting Buttonbush near your annual Victory Gardens to pump up your yields!

Multi-stemmed, informal shrubs grow to a great height and can be kept shorter if needed. Simply take out a few of the tallest stems in early spring, trimming them right down to the ground.

This selection blooms on new growth, so you and the honey bees will have plenty on hand. In fact, you might sneak a few for unforgettable indoor cut flower arrangements.

Because Crimson Comet Buttonbush tolerates "wet feet'' in soil that stays damp, it is a great option for a planned Rain Garden. Use them in low-lying areas that are slow to dry out after rain, or near your downspout.

Like our plant experts say...choose the right plant for the right spot! Let Buttonbush grow into a showy screen at the back of a water feature.

Look closely and you'll spy hummingbirds...there to sip nectar from the spring blooms. Hummingbirds also eat their share of tiny "no see 'ums" that are enticed by the unusual flowers, too.

Lush growth gives birds lots of shelter. In fall, the blooms have morphed into showy, round red fruit. Each of these is simply loaded with seeds that native songbirds love to eat!

Even the foliage is pretty in fall! The lance-shaped leaves looked dipped in red rogue for welcome fall color.

Enliven your space with this top choice. Order Crimson Comet Buttonbush from our native shrub specialists today!

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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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
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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Crimson Comet Buttonbush Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand American Beauties
Botanical Name Cephalanthus occidentalis 'SMCBM'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 6 - 8 feet
Mature Spread 6 - 8 feet
Sun Exposure Partial Shade
Soil Tolerates Wet Soils
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring