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:  Buttonbush, Common Buttonbush, Button-Willow, Honeyball and Honeybells.

BOTANICAL NAME:  Cephalanthus occidentalis

PRONUNCIATION:  sef-ah-LAN-thus ox-eh-DEN-tal-is

FAMILY:  Rubiacede or Coffee Family

HEIGHT:  10-12 feet

SPREAD:  10-12 feet

SPACING:  6-8 feet

TYPE:  Deciduous - Sun / Part Shade


HABIT:  White or pale pink summer flowers in 1”-2” globes. Fruit follow in heavy redish brown clusters.  Hardy from zone 5 to 10.

CULTURE:  Bush or small tree with round, fragrant pale pink to white flowers that bloom all summer in the sun, off and on in the shade. Easy to  grow in wet soil and even in shallow water but adapts well to normal soils.

USES:  Attracts bees, butterflies, and waterfowl.  Leaf-footed bugs like to be on this plant but don't seem to hurt it.


PROBLEMS:  Few other than hard to find in the nursery trade.  Foliage is toxic and unpallatable to livestock.

OTHER INFORMATION:  Native Americans used buttonbush for a number of medicinal purposes.  The root and bark were used to treat eye disorders, the bark was chewed to relieve toothaches and was boiled and used to treat headaches, dysentery, fevers, and stomachs.


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