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Cephalanthus occidentalis

Common Name(s):
Buttonbush
Categories:
Native Plants, Shrubs
Comment:

Yellow fall foliage; prune severely every year for best flower production; spreading well branches shrub; foliage is poisonous to livestock; flowers attract butterflies and bees; hard fruits are eaten by wood ducks; prune severely every year for best flower production; 

Height:
6-10 ft.
Foliage:
Opposite to whorled leaves; 2 to 6 in. long; yellow fall foliage
Flower:
Fragrant, creamy white flowers in late spring to summer that darken to reddish brown in fall
Zones:
5 to 10
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun; moist to wet soil; does not tolerate dry soil
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Spreading, well-branched shrub
Exposure:
Sun; moist to wet soil; does not tolerate dry soil
Fruit:
Creamy white fragrant button like flowers in late spring to summer that darken to reddish brown in fall
Tags:
riparian, Obligate Wetland, TSC, deciduous, fall color, birds, hummingbirds, wildlife, ducks, fall interest, pollinators

NCCES plant id: 457

Cephalanthus occidentalis Cephalanthus occidentalis
Bob Peterson, CC BY - 2.0
Cephalanthus occidentalis Cephalanthus occidentalis
mwms1916, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0