Buttonbush is native to the US and is one of those natives that has tons to offer your garden. A new and improved version - First Editions® Fiber Optics® Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis 'Bailoptics' PP 29,475) - takes all that goodness and ups the ante!
Fiber Optics' oval-shaped leaves emerge in the spring. Soon after, perfectly round, inch-wide, dove-white flowers bust out all over the bush. Each unusual flower is covered with dozens of round-headed pistils so that they look like pincushions. They are unique and almost Dr. Seuss-like. They definitely attract the attention of garden visitors, but they also attract the attention of native pollinators. Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other beneficial insects flock to Buttonbush for its nectar and leaves. Dark red-brown fruit follows the flowers and can last through the winter and the seeds that fall are a particular favorite of water birds like ducks and loons.
In the summer the foliage is rich and full and looks great in the landscape, providing shelter for birds. In the fall the leaves turn red. The trunks and stems tend to twist and turn with age so it still looks interesting even when the leaves have fallen for the winter.
Fiber Optics is not as coarse-leaved as older versions and only grows half the size. This compactness lends itself beautifully to today's smaller urban gardens.
One of the best attributes of Fiber Optics is that it adapts to any soil type with ease, so it goes just about anywhere. It does fine in dry soil on slopes and it absolutely thrives in damp, or even wet, soil. It is often used in wetland restoration along streams or ponds. If you have a spot that is constantly wet or has spring or summer flooding issues, then Fiber Optics Buttonbush is your new go-to!
Bring this great native home to your garden today!
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.
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|
|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|
|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|
|#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|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 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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|Botanical Name||Cephalanthus occidentalis 'Bailoptics'|
|Mature Height||5 - 6 feet|
|Mature Spread||4 - 8 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Moisture||Tolerates wet and flooded soils|
|Fruiting Time||Fall (round seed capsule)|