Cephalanthus occidentalis - Buttonbush
About six species of Cephalanthus
are native to the Americas.
The buttonbush is a large, open shrub to about ten feet tall. It is native to much
of the U.S.,
Central America, and Cuba. In the
wild, it is found moist situations like swamps or stream sides. In spring, it
bears spherical clusters of white flowers that are about 1.5 inches across. Native
Americans and early settlers used this plant to treat a wide variety of
ailments. Today, it is known to contain potentially fatal compounds. It is a
good plant for a wildlife garden. Butterflies visit the flowers, water birds
eat the seeds, and deer browse the twigs.
Plants can be found along the nature trails at Lake Oneida.
A large shrub to about ten feet tall.
Light: full sun to part shade (sun is best)
Water: requires consistent moisture
Soil: no special requirements provided the soil is moist
This is a large, coarse shrub, possibly best suited for the natural garden. Buttonbush is native to northeast Florida and is easy to grow in the right sight. A sunny exposure and moist soil are the keys to its success in the landscape.