Buttonbush is a pretty shrub throughout the year, but is admired the most during the summer because of the unique spherical yellowish-white flower clusters that are in bloom.
Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)
What's as big as a shrub, but weighs nothing?
- It's shadow!
Did you know?
- Native Americans would boil down the bark and use it as an eye wash for sore eyes, anti-inflammation, headaches, and fevers
- Native Americans would also chew on the bark to relieve toothaches
- Common Buttonbush
- Button Willow
- The seeds are eaten by numerous waterfowl, including ducks and Great Blue Heron
- Mammals feed on the twig and leaves
- Birds eat the fruit
- Great nectar source for bees and butterflies
- 3-8' tall, with a crown width of 2-3'
- Full sun to partial shade
- Moist, well-drained soil
Select Identification Characteristics:
- Leaf Type: Simple
- Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
- Bud Arrangement: Opposite
- Terminal Bud: Single