Button Bush – Cephalanthus occidentalis

The shrub flowers from mid to late summer, then the flowers turn into round balls of seeds in fall that remain throughout winter until the birds eat them. It naturally occurs beside streams and ponds.  I have one by my garage where water flows off the roof. It has been reaching toward the light but it doesn’t seem to mind occasional pruning.


  • Drought tolerant
  • Part-shade
  • 6-12 ft high and wide
  • Limestone-based Moist to wet soil, Sand to Clay


  • Attractive, ornamental shrub
  • Deciduous, compound leaves, arching habit
  • Moderately deer resistant
  • Attracts Bees and Butterflies
  • Birds consume the seeds