Cephalanthus occidentalis

Common name: Buttonbush

Native plant

A shrub of the marsh, swamp, or floodplain, this plant grows well in good garden soil. In swamps, Buttonbush will grow in standing water. The leaves are an eye-catching glossy green but generally lack great fall color. White flowers blooming in late July and early August bear a striking resemblance to Sputnik.


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Woodies- Standard Shrub
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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic, Wet

Light exposure

Eastern Exposure / Morning Sun, Full Sun

Bloom period


Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, Harsh Exposure Tolerant, Compacted/New Construction Soils, Road-side/Salt Tolerant, Yards that Flood


Floodplain, Moist Woods, Prairie Grasslands, Wetlands

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Low branched

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
8 Feet
Mature width
8 Feet
Max height
15 Feet
Max width
12 Feet

Additional information

Great for Screening/Border Plantings Loved by birds Pollinator hot spot Rain garden suited

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