Mature Cephalanthus occidentalis 'Sugar Shack' (Buttonbush) starting to show fall colors in 3-gallon pot.
Close-up of Cephalanthus occidentalis 'Sugar Shack' (Buttonbush) flower pods.

Cephalanthus occidentalis 'Sugar Shack' (Buttonbush) Unity Grown

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Cephalanthus occidentalis 'Sugar Shack' has all the appeal of a classic buttonbush, but in a more manageable size for a smaller garden space. Cephalanthus occidentalis 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 6-12' tall and wide, buttonbush is a welcome addition to any landscape, but only really those with plenty of space; 'Sugar Shack,' with a smaller footprint of only 4-6' tall and wide will work in any space! A staple plant for any pollinator garden, 'Sugar Shack' is also deer resistant and adaptable to both full and part sun.  Aside from a smaller size, Cephalanthus occidentalis 'Sugar Shack' also adds additional aesthetic appeal, with new foliage emerging glossy red and maturing to shiny green, 'Sugar Shack' then finishes with a burgundy red in the fall and provides winter interest too with persistent seedy fruits. An adaptable compact shrub that loves a medium-moist to saturated, boggy soils, 'Sugar Shack' buttonbush likes part shade to full sun, and is ideal for rain gardens, pollinator gardens and wetland restoration.

Native to Maryland, Native to U.S., and Native to Eastern Shore
Mature Plant Height: Tall: 49-72"
Sun (6+ hours) and Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun)
Soil Moisture: Medium to Wet
Soil Type: Wide Tolerance
Bloom Time: Spring and Summer
Flower Color: White
Foliage color: Green and Purple
Features: Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Wildlife, Berries, Fragrant, Fall Color, and Winter Interest
Tolerances: Clay Soil Tolerant, Flood Tolerant, Wet Soil Tolerant, and Deer Tolerant
Garden Type: Pollinator Garden, Small Space, Rain Garden, and Wetland Restoration

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