Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)

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Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)

15.75

An overlooked native shrub, buttonbush is a top performer offering food & shelter to wildlife, erosion control and beauty in all seasons.  The fuzzy white flower balls that cover the plant in early to mid summer are full of tiny, fragrant, tubular flowers that provide nectar to a host of butterflies, bees and other beneficial insects. These flower balls mature to reddish-brown fruits that persist through winter and contain seeds eaten by water fowl.  The fall foliage is often bronze, burgundy or yellow.  The fast growing nature of this shrub makes it a valuable plant for streambank stabilization. Tolerant of wet conditions, it is a great plant for a pond edge or rain garden. 5-8 ft. high, 4-6 ft. wide.

Zones: 5-9

Light: full sun with adequate moisture, part shade

Soil: wet, moist, average

 

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