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Buttonbush, Common Button-bush, Rosa de Juan, Jazmin, Honeyballs, Spanish Pincushion, Globeflowers, River-brush, Swampwood, Button-willow, Crane Willow, Little Snowball, Pinball, Box, Button-wood, Pond-dogwood, Uvero, Crouperbrush
Cephalanthus occidentalis


Buttonbush grows in low, moist soils in most of the state and from Florida to Mexico and north to Canada. Although it is a wetland shrub that grows in poorly draining areas (it can tolerate water depths up to three feet), it can survive in drier sites as long as it is irrigated. It has many branches coming from the base to form a loose, rounded mound. The glossy, opposite or whorled, oval to elliptical leaves are 2 to 6 inches long and half as wide. The flowers, one-inch white fragrant globes that look like pincushions, appear from June to August. They attract butterflies and hummingbirds, and at least 25 species of birds eat the seeds, which resemble those of the sycamore tree and stay on the plant throughout winter. Relatively fast-growing, buttonbush grows in sun and part shade; it will flower best if given full sun and adequate moisture.

Plant Habit or Use: medium shrub
large shrub

Exposure: sun
partial sun

Flower Color: white

Blooming Period: summer

Fruit Characteristics: round clusters of nutlets resembling fruit of sycamore tree

Height: 8 to 18 feet

Width: 4 to 10 feet

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 5

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