Buttonwood Trees

Buttonwood Trees FOR SALE

Buttonwood trees (Conocarpus genus) belong to the large tropical and subtropical white mangrove plant family (Combretaceae). The common name comes from their cone-like fruits which look like buttons. The genus in fact means cone fruit. As a common name, Buttonwood sometimes is also used to refer to the American sycamore tree (Platanus occidentalis), which bears fruits resembling those of Conocarpus, but the two trees are unrelated. Two Conocarpus species have been described; C. erectus (syn. C. sericeus) which is a common pantropical mangrove plant, native to the Florida Keys and cultivated as an ornamental, and C. lancifolius, the Daman tree, which has a limited distribution in Yemen and Somalia. There are two common Buttonwood trees in the nursery trade, Silver and Green, based on their leaf colors; the Green variety often designated as C. erectus var. erectus and the Silver as C. erectus var. sericeus. Other leaf variations have been noted. The genus is in need of revision to resolve the often conflicting scientific names. The Buttonwood trees have several uses; the hard wood is used in carpentry and it makes excellent fuelwood and charcoal, the bark contains tannins, and the Daman tree serves in coastal areas as a means to remediate oil-contaminated soils. The crushed leaves of the Damas tree are reportedly used as fish poison. In cultivation, the Buttonwood trees are hardy, as well as having high salt and drought tolerance. The evergreen foliage and the fruits are attractive, and it has numerous landscaping applications, and can even be trained as a bonsai plant. The Damas tree is used in the Persian Gulf as an ornamental. See the Treeworld descriptions of C. erectus and C. sericeus for more information about the Green and Silver Buttonwood trees.

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Scientific NameCommon NameColorSizeFormLeaderHeightSpreadTrunk DiameterSalt ToleranceDrought Tolerance
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CONOCARPUS ERECTUS (BUSH) GREEN BUTTONWOOD
65 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 16' 6' - 8' 3' HIGH HIGH
CONOCARPUS ERECTUS (BUSH) 25 Gal GREEN BUTTONWOOD
25 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 12' 6' 2 1/2' HIGH HIGH
CONOCARPUS ERECTUS (BUSH) 50 Gal GREEN BUTTONWOOD
50 Gal MULTI TRUNK MULTI 8' - 9' 5' BUSH HIGH HIGH
CONOCARPUS ERECTUS 100 Gal GREEN BUTTONWOOD
100 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 18' 6' - 8' 3' HIGH HIGH
CONOCARPUS ERECTUS 50 Gal GREEN BUTTONWOOD
50 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 14' - 16' 6' - 8' 3' HIGH HIGH
CONOCARPUS ERECTUS VAR. SERICEUS (BUSH) 100 Gal SILVER BUTTONWOOD
100 Gal MULTI TRUNK MULTI 12'+ 8' + BUSH HIGH HIGH
CONOCARPUS ERECTUS VAR. SERICEUS (BUSH) 50 Gal SILVER BUTTONWOOD
50 Gal MULTI TRUNK MULTI 10' 6' BUSH HIGH HIGH
CONOCARPUS ERECTUS VAR. SERICEUS (BUSH) 65 Gal SILVER BUTTONWOOD
65 Gal MULTI TRUNK MULTI 10' - 12' 6' - 8' BUSH HIGH HIGH
CONOCARPUS ERECTUS VAR. SERICEUS 100 Gal SILVER BUTTONWOOD
100 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 14' + 8' 3'+ HIGH HIGH
CONOCARPUS ERECTUS VAR. SERICEUS 50 Gal SILVER BUTTONWOOD
50 Gal STANDARD SINGLE 12' 6' 2' - 2 1/2' HIGH HIGH
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