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Buttonbush has white globular flowers
closeup of the unique, fragrant white flowers of Sugar Shack cephalanthus
The persistent red fruits of Sugar Shack buttonbush
A specimen of Sugar Shack buttonbush in bloom in a landscape
The red fruit of Sugar Shack buttonbush
Closeup of the white flower sphere of Sugar Shack buttonbush

Cephalanthus Sugar Shack® - Buttonbush

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This native shrub blooms with flowers that you just have to see to believe! Every summer (mid-late July for us here in Michigan), it explodes in these amazing, perfectly spherical white blooms which give off a sweet honey scent on the air. They are irresistible to butterflies and other pollinators. What's special about Sugar Shack buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) is that it's a fraction of the size of conventional buttonbush - it's perfectly sized even for small yards. After the flowers fade, they leave behind bright red fruits that bring color and beauty clear through the first frost. Very glossy foliage keeps it eye-catching beyond its bloom time as well.

Plant Sugar Shack buttonbush on its own as a commanding specimen, or group together as a hedge or backdrop to your pollinator garden. This durable native plant is unbothered by deer and grows well even in very wet soils. 


Vital details:

Size: 3-4' tall and wide

Light: full sun (6+ hrs/day), Part sun (4-6 hrs/day)

Hardiness: USDA zone 4-10 (Find your hardiness zone)

Pollinator value: attracts butterflies and other pollinating insects.

Notable features: fragrant, deer resistant, good for hedges.

Maintenance: Benefits from a good 2-3" layer of shredded bark mulch. Regular pruning is not required, but if you wish to prune, do so in early spring, just before the new growth begins to emerge. Thrives in moist to wet soils. 

Pot size: one quart

Plant name: Cephalanthus occidentalis 'SMCOSS' pp#26,543, cbr#5124


Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
It hasn't grown one bit.

I ordered my buttonbush along with two summersweet plants. They all came packed well and in great shape. The two summersweets have had new growth and seem to really be doing well.Sadly, the button bush , while still healthy and green, has not shown any new growth; even after quite a few weeks in the ground.I am hoping it over-winters well and roars back in the spring.


It arrived in perfect condition and adjusted to our hot weather 8a zone

John L.
Late frost damage

Seems to slowly be growing back but the late season frost we had in Ohio really damaged the new growth

Susan J.
Healthy plant

Adapting well to location.

Rachel K.

Sugar Shack® Buttonbush

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