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Cultural Details for Cephalanthus occidentalis

Common Name:
Buttonbush, Button-willow, Honey Bells

Growth Rate:

Average Mature Height:
3-6', occasionally higher in southern areas

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Creamy white, crowded in globular heads, without the projecting styles, 1-1.25" across, on peduncles in June, July, and August.

Fruit Details:
Rounded mass of nutlets persisting through winter.

Fall Color:

Bark Details:
Slightly pubescent or glabrous, weakly 4-sided, dirty gray brown to shining olive. 2-3 year old stems take on a reddish brown color.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:

Native Habitat:
New Brunswick to Florida, west to southern Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, southern New Mexico, Arisona and central California.

Other Features:

Culture and Care:
Adapted to moist situations, doesn't do well in dry areas.

This plant was blooming:
6/21/2010 - 7/2/2010

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
Bed 184

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.