Cephalanthus occidentalis, Buttonbush

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

The sweet-scented, fuzzy white globes of Buttonbush are familiar to those who spend time fishing or lounging along a river or pond. This widespread native, a favorite of wildlife, is so common it is often overlooked.

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Tags: Cephalenthus, Creamy white, 6-10 feet, Deciduous shrub with rounded, irregular form, Oval, glossy, medium green to dark green leaves, Fuzzy white, fragrant flowers from early to midsummer develop into ball-like fruits, Dried clusters of hard nutlets usually remain through winter, Inconsequential yellow autumn foliage, Tolerates floods (up to 36”); intolerant of drought, No serious pests or diseases, Deer occasionally severely damage, Attractive winter silhouette, Attracts bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, songbirds, waterfowl; larval host for Hydrangea and Titan sphinxes and Beautiful Wood-nymph moth, Buddleia davidii and hybrids – Butterfly Bush, Sun, Partial Shade, Shade (but needs sun to flower), Fast-growing and can be heavily pruned to control height and spread, Reshape in spring and remove any dead growth, Use in shrub borders, rain gardens, or naturalized, USDA Zones 5-9

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