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**This plant is native to Northern Michigan

Growing Requirements:

  • Prefers moist to wet, well-drained soil
  • Thrives in full sun to partial shade
  • Tolerant of a wide range of soil types, including clay and sandy soils
  • Requires consistent moisture, especially in wetland habitats
  • Hardy in USDA zones 5-10


Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) is a striking deciduous shrub known for its unique spherical flower heads and attractive foliage. This native plant is ideal for wetland gardens, pond edges, and stream banks, offering both ornamental beauty and ecological benefits. Its distinctive flowers, rich in nectar, attract pollinators and its dense growth provides cover for wildlife, making it a valuable addition to naturalized landscapes.

Mature Size and Form:

In optimal conditions, Buttonbush can reach a height and spread of 6 to 12 feet. Its multi-stemmed growth habit forms a rounded shape with glossy, dark green leaves that turn yellow in the fall. The spherical flower clusters, composed of numerous small, tubular white flowers, appear in mid to late summer, creating a striking contrast against the foliage.

Benefits to the Local Ecosystem:

Buttonbush offers several ecological benefits, enriching the local ecosystem and supporting biodiversity:

  • Pollinator Magnet: Its nectar-rich flowers attract a variety of pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and beneficial insects, promoting pollination and enhancing biodiversity in wetland habitats.
  • Wildlife Habitat: The dense foliage and fruit clusters of Buttonbush provide shelter and food for birds and small mammals, contributing to habitat diversity and ecological balance.
  • Erosion Control: The extensive root system of Buttonbush helps stabilize soil along water edges, stream banks, and other erosion-prone areas, making it an excellent choice for restoration projects.
  • Visual Appeal: With its spherical flower heads, glossy foliage, and rounded form, Buttonbush adds texture and interest to wetland gardens, pond edges, and naturalized landscapes, creating a visually appealing and dynamic environment.
  • Low Maintenance: Once established, Buttonbush is relatively low-maintenance, requiring occasional pruning to maintain shape and promote flowering. Its adaptability to wet soils and resilience make it an excellent choice for gardeners seeking a beautiful and beneficial plant that enhances both the aesthetic and ecological value of their outdoor spaces.