Button Bush - Cephalanthus occidentalis
Button Bush is a multi-stemmed shrub that will add to your garden no matter the season. Named for its small and unusually round white and pink flowers that bloom in the springtime, the Button Bush is a fragrant plant that is known to attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds, all of which give beauty and life to an outdoor space. This shrub fares best in moist soil, and it can be planted in up to 3 feet of standing water. This makes it an ideal plant to grow along the edges of ponds or even in larger water gardens, where it provides both food and shelter for all manner of aquatic guests, such as ducks, geese, or turtles. It may even attract a few deer to serenely nibble on its beautiful green leaves! The Button Bush has a moderate growth rate and typically gains one to two feet per year. At maturity, it reaches heights of about twelve feet on average, but it can occasionally grow taller. In width, the Button Bush's usual spread is approximately 6 to 8 feet. This bush is one that does not require much maintenance - it does best when left alone! No pruning is required to keep this plant in great shape, although it may be trimmed close to the ground if you feel it has become too large for the space where it lives. As long as the soil in which it is planted is never allowed to dry, the Button Bush should do well to be left alone and to simply be enjoyed. The Button Bush thrives in full sun, but it also does well when planted in partial sunlight. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends plant hardiness zones 5 through 10 for this beautiful shrub.