Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)
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
Height: 6'-15' tall
Bloom Time: June-Aug
Deer Resistant: Yes
Uses: Home Garden, Pollinators, Butterflies
USDA Plant Profile