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Cephalanthus occidentalis/Buttonbush

Cephalanthus occidentalis / Cephalanthus occidentalis
Spring flowers and foliage
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Spring flowers and foliage

Close-up of developing flower heads

Flowers and flower buds

Summer fruit

Early spring flower buds and foliage

Large flowering native shrub

Flowers attract many species of butterflies

Close-up of flower and young fruit

Foliage and several flower stages

An excellent shrub to grow adjacent to bodies of water

Many insects attracted to flowers

Typical shrub in full bloom in summer

A nice flowering shoot

Bumblebees like the nectar of these flowers

Flowers in sever stages of development

Early summer flowers and foliage

Long draping branches with clusters of blooms

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Scientific Name: Cephalanthus occidentalis
Common Name: Buttonbush
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Plants That Attract Butterflies
Plants That Attract Hummingbirds
Plants with Fragrance
Comments: Bees, butterflies and birds (hummers) are the three B's attracted to this plant. It in generally associated with/or growing near water. Its roots will tolerate wet soils. Good use in naturalistic settings. A pioneer species on the edges of water bodies very similar to the way that willow trees occur naturally on the edges lakes, ponds and rivers. Leaves often look ragged because of leaf-eating insects.