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Plant Species of the genus Cephalanthus

Information about this genus
Name: Cephalanthus
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: Hardiness varies considerably depending on the origin of the species, those from the tropics withstanding little or no frost, while the natives of North America are very cold tolerant. Although many are natural waterside plants that can grow in quite wet soil, they adapt well to garden conditions and thrive in any moist well-drained soil with a position in full sun or partial shade. Trim if necessary and propagate from seed or cuttings.
Description: This genus is comprised of only 10 or so species of deciduous or evergreen shrubs and trees but has a wide distribution, occurring in temperate to tropical parts of Africa, Asia and the Americas. Cephalanthus are known as buttonbushes because their tiny flowers are borne in rounded button-like heads that are sometimes backed by small bracts. Firm top-shaped fruits follow. The leaves vary in size and shape but are usually a deep green, often tinted with red, especially on the veins, midribs or stalks.

Specie Vernacular Zone
Cephalanthus natalensis 9-11
occidentalis 5-11

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