Button bush captured my imagination with its wily spiked spheres covered in bees and butterflies during a summer stroll at Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge. It was one of the first plants I introduced to my yard, and has been appreciated by the local pollinators ever since.
Common Name: Buttonbush
Scientific Name: Cephalanthus occidentalis
- Bird habitat
- Deer-resistant border plant
- Erosion control
- Honeybee forage
- Rain gardens
Forest Garden Designing
- Plant Type: Shrub or small tree
- Plant Leaf Type: Deciduous
- Layer Use: Understory
- Pollination: Self-fertile
- Flowering: Fused flowers from June through September
- Leaf Shape: Ovate or ovate-oblong
- Height: 10 feet
- Width: 6-8 feet
- USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-9
- Light: Full-part sun
- Shade: Tolerates moderate shade
- Moisture: Adaptable; thrives in waterlogged soils and tolerates drought
- pH: 6.5-7.5
Propagate from cuttings or plant seeds in early spring.
Extremely hardy. Prune back to desired size in winter.
- Superb forage for native bees, honeybees, and hummingbirds.