Cephalanthus Sugar Shack®


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Cultural and Growing Info is provided below.

Spring through Fall Interest
A prized native now in a manageable size. Continuous interest and color provide a spectacular show from spring through fall. This compact Buttonbush dons white sweetly scented ball-shaped blooms. Red fruit follows in late summer. New foliage emerges glossy red, progresses to green and then turns burgundy in the fall. Cute as a button! Proven Winners® selections are trialed and tested to be colorful, long blooming, carefree and easy to grow. Adapts well to multiple conditions. The bright red fruit of C. Sugar Shack® is showcased against the pristine white of a snowy winter providing four-season interest. Loves a boggy wet spot.


Patent PP26,543 'SMCOSS'

Plant Type Shrubs

Species occidentalis

Height Tall 4-5'

Spacing Plant 4-5' apart

Bloom Time Early Summer to Late Summer

Sun / Shade Full Sun to Mostly Sunny

Zones 4-10

Soil Type Normal, Clay, Sandy

Water Needs Medium

Sold In Plantable Pots (3.5x3.5x4")

Special Product

Proven Winners

These varieties have been proven in trials around the world to be vigorous and easy to grow. Best of all, Proven Winners are known to be absolutely covered with vibrant, long-blooming flowers.

Special Features

  • Beneficial for Pollinators
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Fragrant
  • Attracts Hummingbirds
  • Wet Site Tolerant

Cephalanthus General Information

Cephalanthus occidentalis are a species of deciduous flowering shrubs with a rounded habit in the coffee family. Reliable performers, fine in a watered bed, Buttonbush are perfectly at home in a naturalized landscape where excess moisture is present-shallow water at the edge of ponds, near water gardens or in a boggy site. A great nesting spot for songbirds. Proven Winners® selections are trialed and tested to be colorful, long blooming, carefree and easy to grow. Idaho has restricted all potted plant material from being shipped into Idaho at this time.

Cephalanthus Plant Care

Extremely low maintenance. No pruning required unless desired. Blooms on new wood so trimming is best done in early spring. Flowers are pollinated by insects, so fruit occurs effortlessly and reliably.