Buttonbush, Button willow

FAMILY: Rubiaceae | GENUS: CEPHALANTHUS occidentalis

TYPE
  • Shrubs
  • Trees
  • Deciduous
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water
  • Ample Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11
SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Poisonous/Toxic

Plant Details

Native to many parts of North America. This open-branched shrub grows 315 feet tall and wide, with bright green, paired or whorled leaves (26 inches long) that emerge late in spring. Creamy white, slender-tubed flowers are crowded in rounded, 1- to 112 inches-wide heads in late summer. Blooms have projecting stigmas that give the flower clusters the appearance of a pincushion oras one nurseryman put itgolf balls with antennae. Blossoms attract butterflies. Useful for naturalizing in wet areas. To maintain good form, cut back hard in early spring. The foliage is quite toxic to humans and livestock. 'Sputnik' has large, soft pink flowerheads.

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