Cephalanthus occidentalis 'Crimson Comet' (Buttonbush) grown in 3-gallon pots.
Young Cephalanthus occidentalis 'Crimson Comet' (Buttonbush) grown in 3-gallon pots.
Close-up of red-tinged new growth and flower bud of Cephalanthus occidentalis 'Crimson Comet' (Buttonbush).
Close-up of Cephalanthus occidentalis 'Crimson Comet' (Buttonbush) flowers and spent flower head.

Cephalanthus occidentalis 'Crimson Comet' (Buttonbush) Unity Grown

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Cephalanthus occidentalis 'Crimson Comet' is an especially showy and relatively compact cultivar of buttonbush, a medium-sized multi-stemmed shrub found in wet areas with poor drainage. The 'Crimson Comet' cultivar adds additional interest to a classic native beauty: new foliage emerges with an orange tint before deepening to green, but the real show comes in autumn when foliage turns warm shades of orange and red; persistent round fruits also add winter interest! Buttonbush attracts all sorts of pollinators through the late spring and early summer with its round, fragrant white blooms. Through the later months of summer, flowers turn to eye-catching, round, red seed-filled fruits, perfect for all sorts of native birds, including ducks and other waterfowl if planted near a body of water. 

Typically growing to a slight smaller size of 6-8' tall and wide rather than the 12' size of the full-grown straight species, 'Crimson Comet' buttonbush is a welcome addition to any landscape, but especially those with wetter soil throughout the year. A staple plant for any pollinator garden, 'Crimson Comet' is also deer resistant and adaptable to both full and part sun. 

Native to Maryland, Native to U.S., and Native to Eastern Shore
Mature Tree Height:
Sun (6+ hours) and Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun)
Soil Moisture: Wet and Medium to Wet
Soil Type: Clay and Wide Tolerance
Bloom Time: Spring and Summer
Flower Color: White
Foliage Color: Green
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Birds, Attracts Wildlife, Fragrant, Erosion Control, Fall Color, Winter Interest, and Berries
Tolerances: Deer Tolerant, Wet Soil Tolerant, Clay Soil Tolerant, Flood Tolerant, and Shade Tolerant
Garden Type: Pollinator Garden, Rain Garden, and Wetland Restoration

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