EXQUISITE FLOWERS LIKE IVORY LOLLIPOPS
- Makes a great summer focal point with unique fragrant white flowers
- Lobed glossy green leaves
- May Benefit & Attract: Hummingbirds, kingbirds, robins, towhees, and ducks
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
- This bird-friendly native trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships in a plant-safe designed box
- Hardiness Zone: 5-9
- Mature Height: 6-15' tall
- Mature Width: 4-6' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
- Spacing: 4-6' apart
Why plant Audubon® Native Buttonbush?
Delightfully different, Buttonbush is a fun Accent to have in your wildlife-friendly garden. Its white flowers bloom in summer, and they’re like nothing you’ve ever seen before! Round like a gumball, they’re covered with long styles (the female part of the flower), sticking up all around—kind of like a kid’s hair when she puts her hand on one of those static electricity balls at the science museum. Bees and butterflies adore the blooms, and hummingbirds visit them, too. In the wild, Buttonbush grows near water, and many species of ducks eat the seeds. Kingbirds, robins, and towhees have also been observed feeding on them.
Botanically, Buttonbush is unusual. It belongs to the same family as the Coffee plant—a family that doesn’t have very many members that are cold-hardy. And Buttonbush is hardy—to -30ºF once it’s established! It has an extensive native range that includes most of the eastern U.S., parts of California and Arizona, much of Mexico, and Cuba. There are even some populations in East Asia. This water-lover usually borders streams or lakes and is useful in stabilizing the shoreline. It also provides habitat for birds that like to nest near water, such as Red-Winged Blackbirds.
How to use Audubon® Native Buttonbush in the landscape?
All sorts of butterflies—Swallowtails, Monarchs, Viceroys, Fritillaries, and Painted Ladies, to name a few—LOVE Buttonbush flowers, and they will take long, slow drinks from them. They get so engrossed in what they’re doing that you can get very close to them. A great plant for wildlife photographers!
Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.
What is the definition of Native?
“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society
Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.
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Hardiness Zone: 5-9
How To Plant Audubon® Native Buttonbush
Buttonbush appreciates fertile, moist soil in full sun. Plant it in a rain garden or at the edge of a water feature if you can—it will even thrive in water up to its shins. Regular garden conditions are fine if you don’t have a soggy site. Just make sure to irrigate regularly, so the soil stays fairly moist. In cold areas (Zones 4 and 5), Buttonbush may die back over the winter, but it will regenerate from the roots. In California and the Deep South, it will not die back, and, in fact, it can achieve tree-like proportions there.
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.
How Does Shipping Work?
My shrub arrived heavily damaged, wilted and just in poor condition but I don’t think that had anything to do with Bower and Branch and everything to do with FedEx. Waiting on the replacement shrub and hoping for a much better experience.
We are so very sorry that your package was delayed in shipping! Your new Buttonbush is set for delivery today - we hope all is well with that one and you are able to enjoy it for years to come!
- Bower & Branch Plant Whisperers