SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden - Miami, FL, Oahu, Kona, Maui, Hi, National Arboretum - Washington, DC and Foster Botanical Garden - Honolulu, HI
Utility friendly tree.
A commonly grown street tree and shoreline plant in leeward Hawaiian Islands, with velvety silver leaves and small brown to maroon floral heads. It is also naturalized in several populations on Oahu and Maui. There are two varieties, variety sericeus (the most commonly grown) is silver-leaved, variety erectus is green-leaved. Conocarpus erectus has a HPWRA (Hawai'i Pacific Weed Risk Assessment) score of 5 (Evaluate).
Native to Worldwide Tropics.
Conocarpus erectus var. sericeus
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 15 - 20 feet.
Width: 15 - 20 feet.
Growth Rate: 12 to 36 Inches per Year.
Leaves Ovate, Bluish Green or Silver or Gray 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 Samara, 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
Sunset Zones H1, H2.
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 Good to Moderate on Coast.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in South Coast.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Sooty Mold.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Strong.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Special Uses & Values
Specimen, Screen, Buffer Strip, Street Tree or Shade Tree.
Bonsai or Hedged.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Conocarpus erectus Tree Record." 1995-2021. Mar 5, 2021.
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