(1 customer review)

Scientific Name:  Cephalanthus occidentalis

Light:  Full sun to full shade

Zones:  5 to 9

Height: 6 to 12 feet


Flowers:  July to August; creamy white; showy & fragrant

Fruit/Seed:  September to January; green to brown; showy

Fall Color:  yellow-green

Butterflies:  nectar source

Birds: The seed is eaten by eight species of waterfowl.


Deer Resistant:

Insects/Pollinators:  yes

Native:  Carroll and throughout the state

Idea Garden:   Shirley Garden

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Buttonbush is best adapted to shorelines and swamps with saturated soil and full sunlight. It will tolerate water depths up to three feet. Flowering is poor in the shade or in dry soils but it will tolerate drought.

Pruning is usually not necessary, but may be done in early spring to shape. If plants become unmanageable, however, they may be cut back near to the ground in early spring to revitalize.

Naturalize in woodland areas, native plant gardens, pond margins, low spots or shrub borders. May also be grown in shallow water at the edge of ponds or large water gardens.

It has exceptional wildlife benefits. The seed is eaten by eight species of waterfowl and the twigs by three species of mammals.



Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping: Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Button Bush USDA Plant Fact Sheet

Button Bush at Missouri Botanical Garden

Additional information


Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8


Part Sun, Shade, Sun


Clay, Loam, Moist, Wet

Flower Color


Flower Season


Fruit Season

Fall, Winter


Carroll, Coast, Mountain, Piedmont

Wildlife Value

Beneficial Insects, Food for Birds, Nectar

Notable Features


Local Availability

Widely Available

1 review for Buttonbush

  1. Joan Epler MG

    Finksburg Area
    We have it in the butterfly garden at Extension and I have 2 in my yard so it doesn’t need swampy conditions. Check on the deer resistance. I believe it might be resistance.

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