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Silver Buttonwood Tree Plant Conocarpus


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4 Inch Pots - Mature, well rooted starter size plants, growing and shipped in a 4 inch plastic pot, plant will be a minimum of about 8 to 10 inches tall and unlikely to have bloom or bud at the time of shipping.

Conocarpus erectus or Buttonwood is a large growing tree like tropical shrub thats native habitat is along the shorelines in the tropics and subtropics. Buttonwood is the most frequently used common name, but it is also known commonly as Gray Mangrove, Florida Buttonwood, False Mangrove, Buttonbush, or Buttontree.

It is a dense, upright, spreading, multi-trunked shrub with pretty, thick, broad plates of thin scaled, gray to brown bark. The trunk(s) tend to gnarl and twist with age, adding interest and character and making this tree an excellent choice for both garden and traditional bonsai culture.

Both type with bright, medium green , hairless leaves, as well as this one with the soft, gray, fine, downy haired, silvered leaves are popular choices in the tropical landscape, and especially for seaside applications, as the buttonwood is not only very pretty, it is highly salt tolerant, and will tolerate salt spray.

In the late summer to early fall it sets a button like fruit that then hardens into a roughly textured seed capsule and adds another attractive dimension of interest and texture.

It is tough, resilient, and easy to grow, and makes excellent wind break and boundary barrier plantings. It is, however, very tropical and cold sensitive, and should be maintained well above freezing at all times for the best appearance. Foliage is subject to burn and drop with even brief exposure to temperatures in the mid to lower 30º's.

These are most often grown as either, large, spreading shrubs or trained into small, vase trees with a single trunk.

Botanical Name Conocarpus erectus sericeus
Common Name Silver Buttonwood
Plant Family Combretaceae
Mature Size 15 to 20 feet
Bloom Color Tan to Gray
Bloom Form Small Single
Bloom Time Summer
Zone 10, 11
Fragrance No
Key Features Small manageable size, unusual leaf color, adds texture and interest
Suggested Uses Urban, street, accent, small lot, potted, bonsai
Grower Notes Will grow in a wide range of soil, very cold sensitive.


Direct planting of 4 inch starter size plants is not recommended, so for the best results with your new plant, we recommend it be repotted and allowed to grow larger before setting out in a tropical to subtropical landscape. 

When the new pot has filled with roots and the plant is larger, then here a few hints for successful growing in the landscape in Zones 10, and 11. 

  • Plant early in the season after the danger of frost and freeze has passed.

  • Plant in fertile, well draining soil. Buttonwood will grow in a very wide range of soil types.

  • Locate in full sun

  • Fix to a sturdy stake until roots take hold.

  • Keep suckers and sprouts removed from the lower 1/3 of the central stalk until the young tree reaches the desired height if a tree form is desired.

  • Then prune lightly and often to form a dense canopy.

  • Feed a good quality bloom boosting fertilize with the initial planting 2x yearly thereafter (Spring & Fall)

  • Protect from frost and freeze.






  • Model: 0P-HATK-BGIE
  • Shipping Weight: 2lbs
  • 8 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: Emerald Goddess Gardens

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