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[buht-n-boo sh] /ˈbʌt nˌbʊʃ/
a North American shrub, Cephalanthus occidentalis, of the madder family, having globular flower heads.
Origin of buttonbush
1625-35; button + bush1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The plants in shrubby swamps may vary, but include willows and buttonbush.
  • buttonbush, leatherleaf and alder dominate marshy areas around the pond.
  • The marshy areas around the ponds are dominated by buttonbush, smartweed and cattails.
  • Species found on lower elevations are swamp-privet, buttonbush, and hawthorn.
  • Plants common in shrub and scrub wetlands include buttonbush and water willow among others.
  • Throughout the low areas are wooded wetlands containing mostly buttonbush and red maple.
  • When acorns are not available they feed on the seeds of bald cypress, buttonbush, and other small seeds.
  • Typical mid-story plants along the sloughs and bayous are buttonbush, swamp privet, and water elm.
  • Cattails, arrowheads and buttonbush grow tall and grow above other plants to reach sunlight.
  • The shallower margins contain skullcap and sedges along with the rose mallow and buttonbush.

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