Cephalanthus occidentalis
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Hardiness Zone: 5-9 Height: 5-12 feet; 1.5-3.6 metres Spread: 4-8 feet; 1.2-2.4 metres Sun: Full sun to part shade Water: Medium to wet Wildlife: Buttonbush is a good food source and provides excellent cover for wildlife. The flowers attract butterflies, bees, and skippers. Waterfowl will feed on the seeds. Bloom Colour: White Tolerates: Flooding Culture: Prefers wet to moist soil that is fertile and consists of lots of organic material. Noteworthy Characteristics: Buttonbush is a common plant that ranges in size from a medium sized shrub to a small tree. The leaves are opposite or whorled, simple, and lance-shaped. The branches are initially green to red in colour but become woody and brown as they mature. Buttonbush produces spherical flowerheads with projecting styles. The densely arranged flowers are pleasantly fragrant. The flowers give way to globular fruit that contain nutlets. Garden Uses: Pond edges, water gardens