Cephalanthus occidentalis – Buttonbush


One 3-gallon pot curbside at McKay Nursery in Oregon, WI.


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This native shrub grows in moist soils in full sun to part shade. It also grows well in wet soils, including flood conditions and shallow standing water. It provides essential food to bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects. Its year-round interest, low maintenance requirements and value to wildlife make this a winner! Fragrant, 1 inch wide white to pink flower clusters bloom in early summer. The unique flower heads look like tiny pincushions and will bring lots of visual interest. Birds use the reddish-brown fruit that develops after the flowers fade. Mature size is around 6-12′ tall x 4-7′ wide.

Photo credit: McKay Nursery

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