SUGAR SHACK® Buttonbush

Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Height: 4-5' Width/Spread: 4-5'

Buttonbush is an excellent native plant for wet, even boggy, sites. Its perfectly round, fragrant flowers support pollinator populations and delight gardeners who enjoy a bit of whimsy. However, the original was just really big. Much larger than most folks could fit in their gardens! Sugar Shack® was selected for its naturally compact habit – it is about half the size of typical buttonbush. It also has showy red fruit in the fall rather than the typical green fruit. It makes a lovely addition to manicured and wild landscapes alike.

Why grow Sugar Shack buttonbush?

  • Plentiful summer blooms for pollinators
  • Compact habit
  • Native to North America

Sugar Shack habit icon


Light: Grows in full to part sun, which is a minimum of four hours of sun exposure.

Soil: Enjoys moist, or wet soil. However, it will grow just fine in most other soils too.

Water: Enjoys average water.

Fertilizing: Not necessary.

Pruning: Benefits from semi-regular pruning to help keep it tidy.

Botanical Name

Cephalanthus occidentalis 'SMCOSS' PP#26, 543, CBR#5124


4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Flower Color


Foliage Color







Full Sun, Part Sun


Average, Moist, Wet

Season of Interest

Fall, Summer


Borders, Foundations, Hedges, Specimen


Alkaline soil, Attracts pollinators, Clay soil, Deer resistant, Fragrant, Native

Blooms On

New wood


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