Promoting the Use of Native Plant Species in the Home Landscape

Buttonbush

Plant Leaf

Full Plant

Plant Berry/Flower

Latin Name: Cephalanthus occidentalis

Flower Description:

Flowers small, borne in distinctive, dense, spherical clusters (heads) with fringe of pistils protruded beyond the white corollas. Long-lasting, unusual blooms are white or pale-pink, one-inch globes.

FamilyRubiaceae
Season BloomJune - September
HabitatMulti-stemmed shrub, leaves in pairs or in threes, petiolate; blade up to 8 inches long, ovate to narrower, sometimes 1/3 or less as wide as long, with a pointed tip and rounded to tapered base, smooth margins and glossy upper surface, lower surface duller. Trunks are often twisted. Spreading, much-branched shrub or sometimes small tree with many branches, irregular crown, balls of white flowers resembling pincushions, and buttonlike balls of fruit. Ducks and other water birds and shorebirds consume the seed. Special value to Bumble Bees and Honey Bees.
Cycle
Height6-12'
Leaf DescriptionGlossy, dark-green leaves lack significant fall color.
Soil Type Wet
Light Source Shade, Partial Shade
LocationShoreline