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Fiber Optics® Buttonbush

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  • Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 5 - 6 Feet
  • Mature Spread 5 - 6 Feet
  • Growing Zones 4 - 9

Are planning a Rain Garden and looking for a shrub that can go in zone 1 but isn’t the usual sedge or Red Twig Dogwood? Or do you need a shrub for a dry, partly shady area in a Woodland garden? Fiber Optic® Buttonbush is the perfect shrub for both spots! This profusely bloomer not only tolerates flooding and drought conditions, it has the grooviest sputnik shaped blooms that attract beneficial pollinators like mad.

Fiber Optic® is a cultivar of the native Cephalanthus occidentalis which can be found in the Midwest. The fragrance and long blooming of Fiber Optic® make it a great addition for attracting wildlife to the home garden. The compact, upright growth needs little maintenance and everything from the flowers to fruits and seeds are used by pollinators, Hummingbirds, song birds and Ducks. Deer resistant and not usually bothered by pests or diseases.

Fiber Optics® Buttonbush Care

Buttonbush likes to be planted in full sun, but will grow happily in a shadier area with soil on the dry side such as at the edges of a Woodland garden. Average soil that is moist and well drained suits this shrub perfectly. Buttonbush is able to stand periods of flooding and  late spring wet soils without the roots rotting. Fertilizing is not generally recommended for native shrubs and perennials. Mulching with leaves or organic compost in the late summer will help the soil to improve over time to provide the right amount of nutrition for Buttonbush.

The upright and open form of Fiber Optic® Buttonbush looks best with not much pruning for shape. The only pruning that should be done is to assess winter damage early in the spring. Cutting back of diseased, dying, dead or diagonal branches. 

Fiber Optics® Buttonbush Spacing

The overall height and width of Fiber Optic® is  5-6 feet, making it a medium sized shrub that is great for the mid layer of understory planting. The recommended spacing of 6 feet on center will provide this showy bloomer plenty of good air circulation.

Fiber Optics® Buttonbush Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 - 9
Plant Type: Bushes
Light Exposure: Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 5 - 6 Feet
Mature Spread: 5 - 6 Feet
Spacing: 5 - 6 Feet
Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): White
Flower Description:
Bloom Period:
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description:
Seasonal Interest: Spring Flowering
Watering: Average
Resists: Deer
Tolerates: Drought, Salt
Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Container Role:
Uses: Mass Planting, Specimen or Focal Point, Wetland Areas & Ponds, Wildlife Gardens
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Fragrant, Low Maintenance, Native to North America
Brand: First Editions Plants
Common Name: Fiber Optics® Buttonbush
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Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

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We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

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Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.