SILVER BUTTONWOOD
(Conocarpus erectus var. sericeus)

NATIVE

Height : up to 30 ft.
Canopy Spread : 20 ft.

Silver Buttonwood is a naturally occurring variety of Buttonwood. It differs from the Green Buttonwood by having a layer of fine hairs covering the leaves giving it a silverish coloring.

Normally Silver Buttonwood grows as a multi-trunked small tree but in ideal situations they can grow to be 50 feet tall with a canopy spread of 20 feet. If properly pruned the Silver Buttonwood can even be used as a hedge.

Silver Buttonwood is a favorite landscaping tree because it is very adaptable and tolerant of diverse soil and water conditions. It is even salt tolerant and often planted along beachfronts. It does however need direct sunlight.

Buttonwood gets its name from the brownish-red fruits which are cone like and referred to as buttons.


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Silver Buttonwood planted as a street tree

The cone-like fruits are called "buttons"