Cephalanthus 'Moonlight'

Not just a pretty native. It's beneficial too!


Size 5-8' tall by 4-6' wide
USDA hardiness Zones 5-9
Sun / Shade full to part shade
Soil average garden soil, very adaptable
Moisture would love to have moist, organic soil, but also grows well in dry soil with lots of rot competition.
Disease and Pests none known
Landscape use Average to moist soils. Can take wet conditions.
Market appeal / Uniqueness This U.S. native provides a tremendous source of nectar for hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators. Magical® Moonlight is a compact form, making it suitable for smaller garden spaces with larger than average fruits.
Propagation Methods vegetative cuttings
Date of Introduction 2010
Bloom Time June

Angela’s Garden Notes:

Buttonbush is a very adaptive native plant in most parts of the U.S..  It's not just a pretty native, it also offers numerous environmental benefits. In late spring, hundreds of tiny tubular flowers are packed into showy flower heads. Butterflies and other insects find the intensely sweetly fragrant flowers irresistible. Later in summer, the flower heads mature into golf ball sized, round fruits, each containing enough nut-like seeds for waterfowl and other birds to feast upon.  This new selection adapts to many soils except dry ones and is great for planting around ponds and in naturalized, wet areas.  It thrives in bogs and wet environments.