Button Bush


  • Native to Van Buren County
  • Forms shrub
  • Attracts wildlife
  • Produces edible (but low quality) fruit
  • Good for rain gardens
  • Attracts butterflies
  • Requires cross pollination
  • White flowers in June
  • Showy spherical


Height: 5ft-15ft
Spread: 5ft-15ft
Water Needs: Medium to Wet
Soil: Loam, Clay
Growth Rate: Medium to Fast

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Button Bush
Description Button bush (Cephalanthus occidentalis), also known as button willow and buck bush, is a shrub. Button bush is a handsome ornamental. Button bush gets its name from its flower. The unique spherical flowers attract butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Its nuts are eaten by ducks and water birds. Button bush thrives in wet soil, but can thrive in many soil conditions. Button bush is deer resistant.
Height 5 – 15 ft.
Spread 5 – 15 ft.
Growth rate Moderate
Sun Part shade to shade
Water use High
Soil Tolerant of multiple soils
Bloom & Nut
Bloom time June – September
Bloom color White, pink
Fruit type Nut
Edible/Inedible Inedible
Nativeness Native
Benefits Ornamental, good for pollinators, showy flowers, deer resistant
Climate Change Hardiness Unknown adaptability

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