Cephalanthus Sugar Shack (Cephalanthus occidentalis 'Sugar Shack')
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Deciduous Perennial
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#3 gallon Field $38.31
#3 gallon Field

Height: 24"-30"



Cephalanthus occidentalis 'Sugar Shack' is a compact, dwarf cultivar of the native American buttonbush shrub. Growing 3-4 feet tall and wide, this cultivar features attractive, glossy green foliage and spherical, creamy white flower clusters.

'Sugar Shack' buttonbush prefers full sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained soil. It is tolerant of a range of soil types, including clay, and can even handle wet or boggy conditions.

The fragrant, button-like flowers attract a variety of pollinators, including butterflies and hummingbirds. 'Sugar Shack' also provides year-round interest with its lush foliage and interesting seed heads.


Plant Data

Mature Size 3 - 4 feet tall. 3 - 4 feet wide.
Sun Exposure Full Sun - Partial Shade
Moisture Tolerance Medium -
Zones 5b - 9b (Usually hardy to -15° F)
Tags Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Deciduous, Fragrant, Full Sun, Good for Rain Garden, Medium, Nativar, Partial Shade, Perennial, Showy Flowers, Shrub, Wet Site Tolerant
Bloom Period June to August
Flower Color / White

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We order from a rotating cast of the best nurseries in the Great Lakes region. It looks like we've offered this plant in the past, but the nurseries we're working with this week don't appear to have it in stock at the moment.

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