Cephalanthus occidentalis

California buttonbush

Plant Type: Shrub
Sun: Sun
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Moist, Regular
Height X Width: 16' X 10'
Santa Clara County Local: No
What do these mean?



The buttonbush is one of many California natives that range across most of the US. It grows as a bright green rounded shrub near water. In California it is native to the Central Valley and the surrounding lower foothills. The common name derives from the large spherical white flowers that cover the bush in the summer and early fall. The button bush tolerates most soil types and a little shade.


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Deciduous