Green Buttonwood, Buttonwood
Conocarpus erectus

Family: Combretaceae
Genus: Conocarpus (koh-noh-KAR-pus) (Info)
Species: erectus (ee-RECK-tus) (Info)

Category:

Shrubs

Trees

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Evergreen

Leathery-Textured

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow after last frost

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Regional

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

Big Pine Key, Florida

Boca Raton, Florida

Cape Coral, Florida

Key Colony Beach, Florida

Key Largo, Florida

Key West, Florida (2 reports)

Lecanto, Florida

Marathon, Florida

Miami, Florida

Oldsmar, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Summerland Key, Florida

Tavernier, Florida

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
2
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Jan 10, 2014, gardenbysarasota from North Sarasota, FL wrote:

This is a very nice plant that will grow north of zone 10b.
It sometimes dies back a little in extreme cold away from
the coast. On the barrier islands and the bay here in Sarasota
there are some very large trees even 20 ft or more tall.

Positive

On Aug 11, 2011, olddude from Big Pine Key, FL (Zone 11) wrote:

This is a very versitile plant, can be grown as bonsi, shrub , hedge or tree. The fissured bark is excellent for epiphytes.

Neutral

On Jun 10, 2009, wormfood from Lecanto, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have 2 small trees (8") growing from seed. They'll be used as Bonsai. Knowing that they live along the rivers I'm careful not to let the lower roots dry out.

Lost one to the freezing temps last winter.

Neutral

On Jan 26, 2008, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Green Buttonwood, Buttonwood (Conocarpus erectus) is a native plant in Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. It is a naturalized plant in the Hawaiian Islands.