Theodore Payne California Native Plant Database




Cephalanthus occidentalis var. californicus

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Species Name: Cephalanthus occidentalis var. californicus
Common Name: Button Willow

Beautiful yellow and orange fall colors. Found in the Central and Sacramento Valleys. Tolerates heat and alkaline soil and thrives in clay.

Plant Family: Rubiaceae
Plant Type: Tree
Height by Width: 8 - 30' H x 12' W
Growth Habit: Upright, multi-branched
Deciduous/Evergreen: Deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable, prefers clay
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to: 25 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: White
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Inner North Coast Range, Sierra Nevada Foothills, Sacramento Valley, San Joaquin Valley
Natural Habitat: Valley Grassland, Mixed Evergreen Forest, Riparian, Southern Oak Woodland below 3,000'

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History
  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: " A handsome deciduous shrub, 6 to 20 feet high, with bright green foliage and white, fragrant flowers in spherical heads resembling pincushions. Grows along streams and in wet places. Gallon cans, 50c; 5 gallon cans, $1.75."
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