Cephalanthus occidentalis

Buttonbush

Plant Type:

DECIDUOUS SHRUBS

Cephalanthus occidentalis - Large rounded shrub cloaked in dark green leaves. Globe-shaped white Sputnik flowers dot the shrub, July and August in northeastern Connecticut. They are approximately 1 to 1.25 inches diameter. The balls are a big draw for bees and butterflies. Frogs love it. Ducks love it. The Soviet space program loved it and we're presuming Russians still love it... alright, alright: scratch the Soviet/Russian thing. Site in part shade; a mix of sun and shade seems to suit Buttonbush. Always plant in moist to wet organic soil. Ours revels in rich bottomland soil. Native to a broad swath of North America from New Brunswick to Florida, west to Minnesota, south to New Mexico, Arizona, and into central California, Mexico, Cuba and East Asia. With such a broad nativity we have to believe that there are provincial distinctions. Our shrub is bone hardy here in USDA zone 5b. Established potted Buttonbush from cutting.


Height:

6-8 ft

Spread:

6-8 ft

Colors:

White
Item Description Price  
CEPHOC Cephalanthus occidentalis (5 inch Square x 6 inch Tall - true 2 quarts / 1.8927 liters) $24.00 Buy Now


Characteristics and Attributes for Cephalanthus occidentalis

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Spring / Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer

Nature Attraction

  • Butterflies
  • Deer Resistant
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees

Light

  • Dappled Shade
  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny

Attributes

  • Bog
  • Shrub Border
  • Pond, Bog, Wetland
  • Hedgerow
  • Filler
  • Wildlife Garden
  • Marginal

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast

Soil

  • Fertile
  • Wet

Origins

  • Cuba
  • North America
  • Mexico

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown