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Buttonbush

Botanical Name
Cephalanthus occidentalis
Min Zone
3
Max Zone
11
Height
3 to 6 feet, occasionally 10 to 15 feet in the southern part of its range
Width
6 to 18 feet
Flowers
Summer: small, 1 inch ball-like clusters of creamy white flowers
Fruit
1 inch rounded mass of nutlets which persists through winter
Light
Full sun to part shade
Soil
Moist to wet soils, adaptive to most soils except dry
Planting & Care
  • Attacts bees, butterflies and birds
  • Easily propagated by hardwood and softwood cuttings
  • Excellent for naturalizing in wet areas
  • Prune in late winter or early spring before new growth begins
  • Sensitive to drought and deep shade
Problems
None serious
Varieties
  • Bieberich - 8 to 10 feet rounded form
  • Sugar Shack - compact 3 to 4 feet high, red fruit

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