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PlantFiles: Butternut Squash, Winter Squash
Cucurbita moschata 'Burpee's Butterbush'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucurbita (koo-KER-bih-ta) (Info)
Species: moschata (MOSS-kuh-ta) (Info)
Cultivar: Burpee's Butterbush

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Butternut (winter)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Days to Maturity:
91 to 100 days

Mature Skin Color:

Less than 1 pound (0.5 kg)
2 to 3 pounds (1 to 2 kg)


Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive dutch42 On Aug 8, 2013, dutch42 from Minneapolis, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

Butterbush is an excellent early space saving variety that produces individual-serving sized fruits. Meat is sweet, moist and not stringy. Properly ripe and cured fruits store a long time even at room temperatures.

This whole species is quite resistant to squash borers, which always seem to find whatever other types of squash I plant no matter where. I have had no squash borer problems with any of the moschata varieties.

Originally a hybrid, this type has also been sorted from saved seed by some to be quite uniform in some seed lines as open pollinated, although then it shouldn't really be called Butterbush. It is definitely short season enough for northern gardens, too, like here in Minneapolis. I have had very good results planting back saved seed even from first generation plants. Of course one still has to rogue out variants.

This is a very good variety for starting a self saved seed line for personal use, especially for those of us in urban areas with limited space.

Positive Farmerdill On Dec 31, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 75 day hybrid butternut in semi-bush form. Fruits are smaller than most (about 1 1/2 lbs). Vines are vigorous and prolific. I do not grow butternuts every year but this one performed well when I do get around to growing them.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Dunnellon, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Gold Hill, Oregon

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