Botanical Name: Cephalanthus occidentalis*
Common Name: Buttonbush
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Height: 6-12' Spread: 12-18' Habit/Form: Upright arching Growth Rate: Medium
Cultural Requirements: Sun to part shade; requires moist to wet soil; sensitive to drought and deep shade
Ornamental Characteristics: late emerging glossy green leaves; fragrant, clusters of flowers in mid-summer; hard, 1-inch, ball-like fruit persistent throughout winter
Uses in the Landscape: naturalizing in wet areas
Host Nectar Source/Butterflies Attracted: Tiger Swallowtail, Painted Lady, Silver-Spotted Skipper
Birds Attracted: 24+ species, including robin, kingbird, and towhee
Plant Appeal for Birds: Nutlets persist through winter
Plant tolerant of flooded areas for extended periods of time.
* Native to Midwest
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