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Cephalanthus occidentalis

Cephalanthus occidentalis

Buttonbush

Buttonbush is a native deciduous shrub found along rivers, in bogs and in swampy area.  Cephalanthus blooms in June, producing odd round balls of tiny white fragrant flowers displayed on long stalks.  They look like small round pincushions, and butterflies and native pollinators flock to them.  Cephalanthus is so wet site tolerant that it will flourish in standing water, and it is very helpful in preventing stream erosion.  A tough native which adds an interesting element for naturalizing along rivers and woodland edges.

Height

10 Feet

Spread

6 Feet

Bloom Color

White

USDA Hardiness Zone

5
Characteristics & Attributes
Attributes
Erosion Control
Fragrant - Flower
Native
Soil Conditions
Moist
Wet
Bloom Time
Summer
Exposure
Partial Shade/Shade Tolerant
Sun
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Pollinators
Food Source for Wildlife
Tolerance
Clay Soil Tolerant
Salt Tolerant
Wet Site Tolerant
Foliage Color
Green
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