Looking for a shrub that’s fun, attracts butterflies and bees, and tolerates wet areas? Have I got a plant for you!
Name: Cephalanthus occidentalis aka Sugar Shack Buttonbush
Type of Plant: This is a shrub that’s native to North America. It tolerates wet areas, blooms in mid-summer, and the bees love the flowers.
Why I Love/Hate this plant: Sugar Shack buttonbush is a rounded shrub that grows to about four feet tall and wide. I love the white spiky flowers that cover this plant in July, which are mildly fragrant. And I love how these flowers turn into reddish fruits later in the fall.
A Word to the Wise: I think that this is a great shrub to include in a mixed border, in front of taller plants. It’s effective with other moisture-loving plants such as winterberry holly and variegated red twig dogwood.
This plant flowers on new growth so you can prune it in the early spring.