Buttonbush is a deciduous, native shrub common to the edges of lakes, rivers, marshes, and swamps throughout Florida. It provides cover for nesting birds. White-tailed deer browse on its foliage and young twigs. Several species of moth larva also are dependent on its leaves as a food source. Its fragrant flowers provide nectar for many bees, butterflies, and moths during late spring and summer. In the fall, waterfowl eat its reddish-brown seeds.