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Silver Buttonwood

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Silver Buttonwood, Conocarpus erectus var. sericeus, typically will grow to 15-25 feet in height, sometimes larger. It is a medium tree or large shrub with an open crown to dense crown with pruning. Its leaves are alternate, 2-4 inches long, leathery, and covered with silvery hairs. Flowers are green 'button-like' clusters on the branch tips and the cone-like fruit are made of many small dry seeds. It requires full sun and is used as an accent, hedge, screening plant, or specimen tree in residential and commercial landscapes along the coast. Buttonwoods are the 'fourth' Mangrove and as such, are highly wind and salt tolerant, including inundation tolerance for front line water front landscapes. This is a very popular native for its colorful ornamental foliage.

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