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PlantFiles: Green Buttonwood, Buttonwood
Conocarpus erectus

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

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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

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive gardenbysarasota 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 olddude 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 wormfood 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 htop 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.

Regional...

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

Big Coppitt Key, Florida
Big Pine Key, Florida
Black Diamond, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Cape Coral, Florida
Cudjoe Key, Florida
Duck Key, Florida
Key Colony Beach, Florida
Key Largo, Florida
Key West, Florida
Miami, Florida
North Sarasota, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida
Tavernier, Florida



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