Cephalanthus occidentalis 'Fiber Optics'

Fiber Optics Cephalanthus

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Fiber Optics Button Bush is a native multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a compact rounded habit and unusual round flower clusters resembling pincushions.  The foliage emerges red or copper and matures to a glossy dark green before turning copper again in fall.  glossy serrated green leaves.  The highly fragrant pincushion flower clusters are dove white and bloom in summer, followed by red red-brown fruits that last through winter.  Prefers rich, moist to wet and well-drained soils. 

Cephalanthus occidentalis is an excellent native replacement for butterfly bushes, and acts as a host plant for several types of butterflies and attractive moths.  It also provides late season seeds and nesting areas for birds.

Type: 

Shrub

Height: 

5’ - 6’

Spread: 

4’ - 8’

Spacing: 

6’

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

4 - 9

Culture: 

Full Sun, Part Sun

Bloom Color: 

White

Season of Interest: 

Summer, Fall, Year-Round

MAINTENANCE NEEDS: Low maintenance.  Can tolerate any soil condition but dry.  No serious pest or disease issues.

LANDSCAPE USES:  Accents or Group Plantings, BordersWoodland GardensWildlife GardensNaturalized AreasPond EdgesCoastal Exposure, Urban Gardens, Foundational Plantings, and Hedges.

COMPANION PLANTS:  Sweet FlagFerns, Iris

Image: Rufino Osorio (also known as Desmodium), Cephalanthus occidentalisCC BY-SA 2.5

 

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