- Latin Name- Cephalanthus Occidentalis Hardy Planting Zone- 5-10 Mature Height- 6-12 ft Width- 6-8 ft Sun or Shade- Full Sun OR Partial Shade
Button Bush - Cephalanthus occidentalis
Button bush is actually a deciduous tree that can grow from 3.3 feet in height to as tall as 10 feet.
The Button bush is characterized by leaves that can grow in opposite or in whorls of three and can either be elliptical or ovular in shape. Leaves are on average around 7 inches long and 4 inches wide. The flowers of the button bush are what gives it the charming name and it its immense popularity, however. The flowers of the Button Bush are bunches of dense spherical inflorescence on a short peduncle. The flowers are, on average around 1.5 inches in diameter. The flowers on a Button bush are formed in four-lobed corollas and can be white to pale yellow. The bush also produces fruit which grows abundantly in a spherical cluster of nutlets. While there are two varieties the most common is the one which is found all over the eastern half of North America from Nova Scotia to Minnesota and from Florida to Texas. The other variety, which is not generally considered to be distinct by authorities can be found in the lower regions of Mexico. This wide diversity of growing zone indicates the ease with which button bush is able to adapt to almost any environment or soil type. It does grow very well on rocky, sloping areas, however, which makes it ideal for soil erosion control. The bush is perfect for butterfly gardens, the nectar is a popular choice for butterflies and hummingbirds as well as bees, the latter for which use it in the honey making process. It is also a great attractant for deer who graze the foliage. It is also a popular attractant to ducks and other waterfowl who eat the seeds as a part of their migration activities.