Cephalanthus occidentalis


USPP 26,543; CBR 5124

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  • Native to North America
  • Fragrant
  • Showy seedheads

Dwarf buttonbush! Buttonbush has long been prized as a native, but it was way too big for most landscapes. Not anymore! Sugar Shack® cephalanthus is half the size of conventional varieties, making it much more friendly to residential landscapes. Large, fragrant, orb-shaped blooms in summer become ornamental red fruit, which persists through fall. Glossy foliage and widely adaptable.

USDA Zone 4 - 10 (-30°F/-34°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 3 - 4'

Width 3 - 4'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Summer

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4", Quick Turn

Soil In the wild, cephalanthus is frequently found growing on pond edges and riverbanks. It quite enjoys wet soils, though will grow in well-drained and average soils as well.

Pruning Prune as needed in early spring.

Uses Mixed borders; naturalizing; hedging; foundation plantings.

Growing Tips A good plant for naturalizing wet areas. In warmer climates, it typically benefits from some pruning to keep its habit tidy.