Cephalanthus occidentalis

Featured Plant Category: Pollinator Plants, Rain Gardens

Height: 5 to 12'

Container Size: 1 Gallon

Bloom Time: June to July

Bloom Color: White

Soil Moisture: Medium to Wet

Soil Type: High humus soils, adaptable except to dry soils.

Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone: 5,6,7,8,9

Other Names: button willow, honeybells, common buttonbush

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This showy, white flowered shrub enjoys wet open areas, periodic inundation, and rain gardens. The shape of it’s beautiful white flowers have been compared to a pin-cushion or a star-burst that attracts pollinators of all sorts. Buttonbush is a larval host for many species, a notable one being the amazing Royal Walnut Moth (pictured above). Buttonbush can handle a wide range of conditions – shade, wet, occasional flooding – making it a great choice for an adaptable, pollinator-friendly shrub.


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5 to 12'

Container Size

1 Gallon

Bloom Time

June to July

Bloom Color


Soil Moisture

Medium to Wet

Soil Type

High humus soils, adaptable except to dry soils.

Light Requirements

Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone


Other Names

button willow, honeybells, common buttonbush

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At Direct Native Plants, we take many precautions to make sure your plants will arrive in the best condition possible.

Our perennials are grown in a 4” quart-sized pot. These plants are then cut back to fit our packaging, placed in a protective clamshell container (made from recycled materials), and then shipped to you in a cardboard box.

Trees and shrubs are grown in a 7” tall container (referred to as a 1-gallon pot), and depending on the species will be between 12” and 36”. We bag the root section of these plants to prevent them from drying out in transit and ship them in a tall cardboard box. PLEASE NOTE: These boxes can be shipped in bundles up to 6. After that we start a new package, so keep this in mind if you’re trying to get the best shipping rates.

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