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Cephalanthus occidentalisCephalanthus occidentalis

buttonbush

Photograph(s) by*: RHW

Characteristics

Height: 6-12'
Spread: 12-20'
Flowers: Jul.-Aug.; creamy white
Fruit: Sept.-Jan.; green to brown;
Fall color: yellow-green

Conditions *

Light: Full sun Partial shade Shade
Moisture: Moist Wet
Soil pH: 6.1-8.5
Soil type: Clay Loamy Sandy Organic
Flood depth: 0-36"

Habitat

fresh tidal and nontidal marshes, shrub swamps, forested wetlands, borders of streams, lakes, and ponds

Native to

Region: Coastal Piedmont Mountain *
States: MD DE PA NY WV VA

Wildlife

Butterfly Waterfowl Small mammal Beneficial insect *

Notes

needs sun to flower; flowers fragrant; interesting fruit; tolerates drought; leaves may persist into winter; tolerates flooding to 36"



 Publication by USFWS BayScapes Conservation Landscaping Program
http://www.nps.gov/plants/pubs/chesapeake/plant/1270.htm
Last updated: 1 October 2004