Cephalanthus occidentalis

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Plant Information:

Botanical Name:  Cephalanthus occidentalis

Common Name: Button Bush

Family: Rubiaceae

Origin: US except NW, Canada

Type: Native Shrub/Small Tree

Size: 8'h x 8'w

Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade

Zones: Zone 4-10

Butterflies: Yes

Hummingbirds: No

Container Size: Large Pot Band

Growing naturally along the edges of ponds, creeks and lakes, Button Bush is very appealing due to its dense form and bright glossy green leaves. Give it space in the garden as it will eventually mature into a fair-sized shrub. I?ve also seen them trained into attractive single-trunked small trees. This native woody plant blooms during the summer months with white spherical flower heads that are sweetly foragrant and attract swarms of butterflies. The long and projecting styles give these ?flower balls? a pincushion-like appearance. Though it grows in the wild at waters edge, Button Bush performs just fine in the average home landscape with normal watering.