Buttonbush - credit: Psamson at English Wikipedia, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
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Buttonbush - credit: Psamson at English Wikipedia, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)

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Common buttonbush is a warm-season shrub or small tree that reaches 6 m in height at maturity. Showy flowers and fruit make common buttonbush a popular choice for use in native plant gardens, shrub borders, and along pond shores and water gardens. The persistent fruits give the plant some winter interest. 

Waterfowl and shorebirds consume the seeds of common buttonbush. White-tailed deer browse foliage in the northeastern United States. Wood ducks use the plant’s structure for protection of brooding nests. Butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds are attracted to common buttonbush for its nectar. Bees use it to produce honey. 

Shade Tolerance: Full sun to Part Shade

Moisture:  Wet

Height: 6'-15' tall

Bloom Time: June-Aug

Color: White

Deer Resistant: Yes

Uses: Home Garden, Pollinators, Butterflies

USDA Plant Fact Sheet