Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)

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Description

Type: Deciduous shrub

Family: Rubiaceae

Height:5-12 feet

Spread: 4-8 feet

Native Range: North America, common throughout Missouri

Site Requirements:

Soil: all but dry soil

Water: Medium to wet

Sunlight needs: full sun to part shade

Tolerates: erosion, wet soils

Landscape use: rain garden

Brief Description: Buttonbush is a somewhat coarse, deciduous shrub with an open-rounded habit. Long, projecting styles give the flower heads a distinctively pincushion-like appearance. They appear in mid-summerFlower heads are very attractive to bees and butterflies. Flower heads mature into hard spherical ball-like fruits consisting of multiple tiny two-seeded nutlets. Fruiting heads usually persist throughout the winter. Leaves emerge late in spring (May). Genus’ name comes from the Greek words cephalo (head) and anthos (flower).

Wildlife Benefits: Attracts butterflies

Possible Problems: No serious insect or disease problems.

Stand out Features: Fragrant flowers are very attractive to bees and butterflies.

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Additional information

Common Name

buttonbush

Scientific Name

Cephalanthus occidentalis

Native Range

North America, Cuba

Zone

5 to 9

Height

5.00 to 12.00 feet

Spread

4.00 to 8.00 feet

Bloom Time

June

Bloom Description

White

Sun

Full sun to part shade

Water

Medium to wet

Maintenance

Low

Suggested Use

Rain Garden

Flower

Showy, Fragrant

Attracts

Butterflies

Fruit

Showy

Tolerate

Erosion, Wet Soil

Other

Winter Interest