Ok, as the name implies, common buttonbush, Cephalanthus occidentalis, is a bush…and we said we were featuring a Trees for Bees theme during the Blogging From A to Z Challenge.
BUT it is a huge bush, growing 6 to 12 feet high in the right conditions, and buttonbush is one of the best ‘B’ native plants out there to plant for pollinators.
Do you have a wet area in your yard? No pond? How about that soggy area at the end of your rainspout? If it’s sunny, buttonbush will likely get to its full height. In partial shade, not so much, but it tolerates both.
The leaves are somewhat like dogwood and the round, button flowers have many little flowers all over them that are highly attractive to bees, butterflies like this Tiger Swallowtail, and many other insects.
Because yesterday’s post ran a bit long, we didn’t mention this important note for wildlife gardeners. Ms. Flora was very upset with me because this warning is critical for supporting bees and other pollinators.. We will now include it at the bottom of every post: