Sugar Shack® Butttonbush

Cephalanthus occidentalis 'SMCOSS' PP #26,543; CPBR #5124

Buttonbush has long been prized as a native, this new and exciting variety provides beauty all year long in a compact size! Glossy foliage emerges red, shifts to green, then burgundy in the fall. Highly fragrant white blooms in summer precede colorful red fruit in late summer. A spectacular landscape specimen. A magnet for butterflies and hummingbirds!
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Filtered sun, Full sun, Partial sun

Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical Pronunciationsef-uh-LAN-thus ok-sih-den-TAY-liss
Average Size at MaturityReaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeStriking white orb-like flowers that bloom in the summer and transform into spherical red seed pods in the fall.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeFragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth HabitCompact, Rounded
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseVery Wet Areas, Woodland Garden, Wildlife Garden
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full sun, Partial sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Dwarf Plant, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Wet Soils, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape. Pruning time: summer after flowering.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-10

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