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Cephalanthus occidentalis - Buttonbush

Native Wetland Plants

Cephalanthus occidentalis

Buttonbush

 

More About Buttonbush

Cephalanthus occidentalis, Buttonbush,  is one of the most important native shrubs for helping to preserve water quality and for enhancing wildlife habitat. The extensive fibrous root system of buttonbush pulls nutrients out of water and the water's edge. Buttonbush usually grows on banks, partly in water, but can grow in moist areas. It is an excellent choice for helping to reduce erosion. Butterflies and nectar-feeding insects are attracted to the two-inch diameter, spherical white blooms. Other insects feed on the foliage and often become fish food on windy days! (Fisherman have learned to cast near Buttonbush overhangs). The shrubs provide nesting areas for birds and shelter for many animals.

Bloom Color

White

Cephalanthus occidentalis Characteristics & Attributes

Exposure
Sun
Partial Shade
Shade
Mature Height
> 4'
Spread Characteristics
Clumping
Prolific Seeder
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Spring
Summer
Fall
Pond Zonation
High Marsh - Saturated Soil
Low Marsh 0 - 6"
Shallow Water 6" - 12"
Foliage Color
Green
Wildlife Benefits
Amphibians
Bees/Pollinators
Butterflies
Cover
Fish
Food
Nesting
Songbirds
Waterfowl
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Goose Resistant
Wetland Indicator Status
OBL
Plant Type
Bog/Marsh
Marginal
Attributes
Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Drought Tolerant
Erosion Control
Fibrous Roots
Focal Point
Fragrant Flowers
Mass Planting
Native
Naturalizing
Ornamental Flower
Storm Water Basin
Winter Persistant
USDA Hardiness Zone
3
4
5
6
7
8
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