The taxonomic status of the two conocarpus species is unclear; it is either two separate species (erectus and sericeus) or two varieties of species erectus; there exist two different common names of silver and green buttonwood. Green buttonwood is distinguished from silver by its leaves which are thinly hairy or hairless, giving it less silvery leaves it is an undisputed florida native. As a tree, green buttonwood is typically 30-45 feet tall with a spreading, moderately-dense, low-branching symmetrical, vase-shaped crown. It has dark brown attractive ridged bark. The leaves are alternate, simple, entire, lance-shaped, 2 3/4 inches long by less the 1/2 to just over 1 inch wide. Flowers are borne in terminal clusters, the small blooms may be white, creamy, gray or purplish in color but are not showy. The fruits are oval, red to brown in color about 1/2 inch long. Seeds can be used for propagation. The tree will do well on a range of well-drained soil types and has no pest or disease problems of concern. The hard wood has several uses. Green buttonwood is a handsome tree with shiny green leaves and attractive bark. In landscaping, it is a hardy urban tree for roadsides, parking lot islands, shade and as a specimen tree in an open lawn or park. It can also be grown as a clipped shrub or trained as a bonsai plant.