The Buttonbush is a taller shrub, reaching 6-12 feet on average. The glossy deep-green leaves provide interest, but the real draw to this shrub are the fun, spherical flower heads that protrude through the branches. Mostly white, sometimes light pink, these long-lasting blooms invite all manner of wildlife including hummingbirds, bees, insects, and birds.
The Buttonbush attracts over 24 species of birds, which feed on the nutlets throughout the winter, and 23 species of butterflies and moths, including the Royal Walnut Moth, which, as a caterpillar, rivals the Buttonbush flowers for visual interest.
Best suited for rain gardens and areas that retain moist to wet soil, the Buttonbush would be an excellent planting for wetland restorations or in swales, where the moisture levels remain high.
ECO-TYPE: Some local eco-type, some grown from seed collected in New Hampshire. Started by New Hampshire State Forest Nursery.
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Cephalanthus occidentalis (Common buttonbush)
SIZE: 1 gallon pot type: shrub sun needs: full sun, part sun/part shade water needs: Moist to average soil height: 6-12' plant spacing: 3' distance bloom time: June, July, August bloom color: white
salt tolerant. Some salt exposure should not be fatal to the plant but some leaf burning may still occur. deer resistant (please note that does not mean deer proof)