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PlantFiles: Silver Buttonwood, Button Mangrove
Conocarpus erectus var. sericeus

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Family: Combretaceae
Genus: Conocarpus (koh-noh-KAR-pus) (Info)
Species: erectus var. sericeus

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Category:
Shrubs
Trees

Height:
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Spacing:
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Purple
White/Near White
Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Silver/Gray

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
By air layering
By stooling or mound layering

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Profile:

1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral Bugbyte On Mar 25, 2012, Bugbyte from St Augustine, FL wrote:

I live in north east Florida. The first year was great- the buttonwood flourished like crazy and survived a relatively cold winter for this area. However this winter, which was extremely mild- maybe hit 38 degrees for 2 nights, then back to the 50's sometimes 40's, the buttonwood just died. All the leaves turned brown and hard then fell off. So disappointed since it was gorgeous- about 4-5 ft in width- and beautiful.

I cut it all back and hoping for regrowth. However, I see no signs of new growth and it's been pretty warm here for over a month. Everything else is in bloom. WILL this come alive again????

Thanks
Kathy

Positive mrscott On Apr 18, 2008, mrscott from Punta Gorda, FL wrote:

I was told by a Master Gardener that Silver Buttonwood could be called another mangrove. I put them around the overflow to my salt water pool because I was told they would not be harmed by the occasional overflow of salt water. However, they are susceptible to sooty mold. I was told to use copper fungicide 1/2 tsp to a quart of water in a spray bottle. Spray the affected leaves. Also, always water the plant from below, avoiding water on the leaves. I live in South Florida so it gets plenty of humidity from nature here. Since the plants have only been in for a couple of weeks I have yet to see if what I was told is really going to work on these plants but so far, I love the added color and texture to my plant beds.

Neutral JaxFlaGardener On Sep 30, 2007, JaxFlaGardener from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I bought one of these plants from a big box store and now it looks as though I will need to give it winter protection as it is native to the Florida Keys and our freezing nights will probably be too cold for it.
Jeremy

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Big Pine Key, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Bradenton, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Islamorada, Florida
Key Colony Beach, Florida
Key Largo, Florida
Key West, Florida (2 reports)
Marathon, Florida
Miami, Florida
Saint Augustine, Florida
Sarasota, Florida (2 reports)
Summerland Key, Florida
San Juan, Puerto Rico



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