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[buht-n-boo sh] /ˈbʌt nˌbʊʃ/
a North American shrub, Cephalanthus occidentalis, of the madder family, having globular flower heads.
1625-35; button + bush1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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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.
Encyclopedia Article for buttonbush

button willow

(Cephalanthus), genus of shrubs or small trees of the madder family (Rubiaceae, q.v.) native to Africa, Asia, and North America. It was named for its fragrant, creamy white, spherical flowers, about 2.5 centimetres (1 inch) in diameter. There are at least 6 species of buttonbush. Cephalanthus occidentalis, the most common, grows about 6 meters (20 feet) high.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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