Plant Care Common Buttonbush

Common Buttonbush

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Common Buttonbush has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Common Buttonbush has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily

About Common Buttonbush

Buttonbush is a deciduous shrub in the Rubiaceae (madder) family native to East Canada, Central America, Cuba, and the United States. It can grow up to 12 feet tall and 8 feet wide and needs moist to wet, rich soils in full to partial sun. It does well in swamps, streambanks, riverbanks, lakes and often in standing water up to 3 feet. Buttonbush has exceptional wildlife benefits.


Cephalanthus occidentalis

Also known as

Buttonbush, Button-willow and Honey-bells

How to care for Common Buttonbush


How often to water your Common Buttonbush

Water needs for Common Buttonbush
0.5 cups
every 9

Common Buttonbush needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Common Buttonbush

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Common Buttonbush in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Common Buttonbush: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Common Buttonbush love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Common Buttonbush does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Common Buttonbush

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Common Buttonbush: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Common Buttonbush after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Common Buttonbush is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

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Care Summary for Common Buttonbush

Common Buttonbush

Common Buttonbush

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Common Buttonbush has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
Common Buttonbush has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
Common Buttonbush has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 1
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This plant is a succulent and came in bloom and as you can see, it’s flowers look like dandelions. But less fluffy. All the blooms are gone and the plant grows on. It’s planted in a ceramic pot with no drain hole and in succulent mix. I water carefully aware that too much water will certainly kill it.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor

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