SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: National Arboretum - Washington, DC and Foster Botanical Garden - Honolulu, HI
Branches droop but resist breakage.
Native to North America.
Conocarpus erectus var. sericeus
Additional Common Names
BUTTONWOOD, Silver Buttonwood
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 30 - 35 feet.
Width: 20 - 30 feet.
Growth Rate: 12 to 36 Inches per Year.
Leaves Ovate, Silver or Blue Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Inconspicuous. Purple or White. Flowers in Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Persistent, Brown or Red Winged Seed, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate to Moderately Dense in Leaf.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
USDA Hardiness Zones 10 - 11.
Exposure Full Sun.
Wet but Well Drained Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Acidic to Alkaline Soil pH.
Salinity Tolerance is Coastal Good.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in South Coast.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Sooty Mold.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Special Uses & Values
Specimen, Shade Tree, Street Tree, Buffer Strip or Screen.
Bonsai or Hedged.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Conocarpus erectus Tree Record." 1995-2019. Nov 22, 2019.
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