Cephalanthus occidentalis (Buttonbush) [15 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-starters only, because they may require some patience. The easiest approach is to sow the seeds (just barely covered with growing medium) in fall to mid winter, setting their pot outdoors in a spot protected from mice so they can get a chilling period and then germinate when conditions are right in spring.

If you sow after January, set the pot in a plastic bag in your refrigerator for about 3 months before moving it to a warm, bright place for germination. (Remove the bag if the pot will be exposed to any direct sun.)

It is possible that these seeds could germinate well if you start them first in warm, bright conditions. But if you try that and no seedlings appear in 2 to 3 weeks, then try the refrigerator-chilling approach above.

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Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) is a deciduous shrub that reaches 6 to 12 feet tall, with glossy green leaves, white, ball-shaped blooms in summer, and yellow fall foliage color. It is native to much of the U.S.. The distinctive flowers are popular with bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Full sun to light shade; average to wet soil. Zones 5 to 9.

Collected in October 2020. At least 15 seeds.


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