Cephalanthus Button Bush


Cephalanthus occidentalis
Also known as: Button Willow, Honey Bell


Cephalanthus occidentalis
Also known as: Button Willow, Honey Bell

One of the best native shrubs to small tree for attracting nectar loving critters.
An native open branched, deciduous shrubs or small tree with oval to elliptic-lance shaped leaves, to 7 inches long. The glossy, mid green leaves with red veins and red midribs beneath, are opposite or arranged in whorls of 3, and emerge in late spring. White or cream flowers are numerous and very fragrant; dense, rounded heads, to 1 inch across, tubular-funnel shaped, are produced in late summer and early autumn. Even the seed balls have a spicy aroma.

Grows best in moist, sandy loam, but will grow in almost any soil that’s well draining. Can tolerate drier conditions in gardens than it’s native habit, but will need supplemental water. Prune vigorously every two to three years to control and encourage flowers. Native to California to Mexico to Florida, north to New York and Canada: found along low moist areas, edges of marshes and river banks.

Excellent nectar source for butterflies, bees and insects. Seeds are consume by ducks and other water birds and shorebirds as well. Use in Butterfly gardens, bog or pond area and water gardens.

Yearly Foliage: Deciduous

Hardiness Zone: 5-9

Light: Shade to partial shade (morning sun/afternoon shade in south)

Mature Growth: 6-10 feet high – 8 feet wide

Soil: Average, sandy loam, moist, wet

Blooms: late Summer to early Autumn

Wildlife: Nectar-insects, Nectar-butterflies, Nectar-bees, Berries-Birds

Plant Size when available:  Starter Liner, 1 Quart, 1 Gallon, 3 Gallon

Additional information

Weight 7 lbs

Starter Liner, 1 Quart, 1 Gallon, 2 Gallon, 3 Gallon