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Green Buttonwood,Conocarpus erectus, is a large broadleaf evergreen shrub or medium size tree naturally occurring in coastal settings and is considered the 4th Mangrove in the Mangrove complex. It has high wind and salt tolerance. This species can be low and spreading with twisted limbs or trained into an upright multiple trunk or single trunk tree up to 40 feet in height. It can also be used as a screening or enclosure shrub too. Small creamy white flowers precede dry seeds that are clustered to give it the appearance of coat buttons. This is an evergreen tree that fits most properties and is very adapted to high wind, salt, drought, or inundation with salt water in nearly frost free areas.