Sun: Partial to shade

Moisture: Medium-wet to wet

Height: 6-12'

Bloom Time: Jun-Aug

Bloom Color: White

Genotype: Winona, MN (shares a Level II ecosystem, Mixed Woods Plains, with Southeastern Michigan). The 2023 lot of shrubs have a Superior Township genotype.

Indigenous interactions: In the Great Lakes area, the Meskwaki regarded this shrub as an important medicine, and used the inner bark as an emetic (Moerman, 1998).


Aside from its charming name, the buttonbush creates intriguing, mini-snowball-like floral balls amid glossy green leaves, an eye-catching, unusual effect. Excellent for the shadier spot in your rain garden.

Shrub: Cephalanthus occidentalis (Buttonbush)