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Native trees and shrubs provide food and natural habitats for local wildlife and help reduce soil erosion, without invading our landscape. Consider planting this species, which is indigenous to the southeastern United States.
Shrub Type


Cephalanthus occidentalls

Buttonbush is a handsome ornamental suited to wet soils and is also a honey plant. Ducks and other water birds and shorebirds consume the seeds. Flowers small, with distinctive, spherical clusters. Long-lasting, unusual blossoms are white or pale-pink, one-inch globes. Subsequent rounded masses of nutlets persist through the winter. Trunks are often twisted with many branches (often crooked and leaning), irregular crown, balls of white flowers resembling pincushions, and buttonlike balls of fruit.

  • Dimensions: 6-12 feet tall, 6-12 feet wide
  • Water Use: High
  • Light Requirement: Partial Shade to Shade
  • Soil Moisture: Moist to Wet
  • Ornamental Use: Showy, Attractive, Blooms ornamental, Fruits ornamental, Bog or pond area, Aromatic, Water garden
  • Wildlife: Attracts birds, bees and butterflies

Details: Buttonbush

Mature Size

H: 6'-12' W: 6'-12'

Water Requirements


Light Requirements

Partial Shade / Shade

Soil Moisture

Moist / Wet



Wildlife Value