CRCCD – Buttonbush

Description

Cephalanthus occidentalis

CT RG P

Soil:  Adaptable, but no dry soils
Moisture:  Consistently Moist to Wet
Light:  Full to Part Sun
Plant Height:  6 to 12 feet
Plant Width:  4 to 8 feet
Pests:  None
Landscape Value:  Great for low-lying areas and shallow water at the edges of streams, ponds and large water gardens.  Good for naturalizing in wet woodland areas.  Useful for erosion control and stream bank stabilization.

 An ornamental shrub with great wildlife benefit!   Deciduous with an irregular crown and multiple crooked stems.  Glossy dark green leaves lack significant fall color.  Showy, fragrant, long-lasting white flowers are borne in distinctive globes with protruding styles that give a pincushion-like appearance.  Flower heads mature into hard balls of nutlets that persist through the winter and attract ducks and waterbirds.  Pruning is usually not needed, but can be done in early spring to shape.  Tolerates flooding, standing water, heat and soil compaction.  Nectar source for butterflies, moths, and large numbers of bees, especially honey bees and bumble bees.

1 gallon pot

 

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