Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis), is a native shrub with so much to offer. This four-season shrub adapts easily to various soil types and provides essential food to bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects.
In spring, unusual, perfectly round, fragrant flowers appear in white or pale pink with a diameter of one inch. Buttonbush flowers are studded all over with prominent, round-headed pistils, which makes them look like pincushions. Bees, hummingbirds and butterflies use the flowers as a nectar source. Reddish-brown fruit follows the flowers and persists through the winter. Water birds eat buttonbush seeds. It is is a multistemmed deciduous shrub growing six to twelve feet tall and four to seven feet wide. The plant grows best where the ground is damp or even wet. Can be trained into a stunning mini tree or container topiary. Zones 5–10.
Other Names: Button Bush, Button Willow, Honey Bells, Honeyball. Syn: Cephalanthus occidentalis var. californicus, Cephalanthus occidentalis var. pubescens