BUTTONWOOD – SILVER

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COMMON NAME Silver Buttonwood
BOTANICAL NAME Conocarpus erectus var. sericeus
HEIGHT 15′
WIDTH 10′
MONOECIOUS
EVERGREEN
LIFESPAN Long lived
PERENNIAL
COLD TOLERANCE 30° F
SOIL TYPE In water or very dry
WATER REQUIREMENTS Water after planting in ground, and water every day for 2 weeks.Week 3 and week 4, water deeply twice a week. From week 5 forward water deeply at least once a week until it has been 3 months. From then on, make sure your buttonwood is receiving a deep watering at least once or twice per month. Shouldn’t need to be watered thereafter, however it has best results with regular irrigation. Supplement with water during droughts and the hot, dry months to keep your plant lush and thriving. Reduce watering in the Winter when growth slows.
DROUGHT TOLERANCE High
SALT TOLERANCE Very high
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS Full sun to part sun. Prefers full sun.
FERTILIZING Do not fertilize until 6 months after planting. Sparingly use a general purpose 10-10-10 once every 1 month or 2 months from Spring to Summer for faster growth. Alternatively, use a slow-release fertilizer 3 times a year. Halt fertilizing from the Fall to Winter, then begin again in the Spring. Avoid getting fertilizer on the leaves, flowers, stems, and trunk.
FLOWER Inconspicuous, white or purple clusters 1″ to 3″ appearing at the ends of twigs and at leaf axils. No petals, fused green-white sepals. Male flowers lack the tubular base (hypanthium) and pistil, and have longer stamens.
MONTH OF COLOR All year
FRUIT Brown-red fruits, 1/4″ to 1/2″, resembles old leather buttons.
ALLERGENS, TOXICITY AND ANIMALS Toxicity unknown.
COMMENTS Fast growing leaves are velvety with a unique silvery-gray hue. Wet to very dry conditions, or on the beach for a high salt area. In locations susceptible to cold damage, cover with a frost cloth and secure firmly to protect the day before a freeze. In locations susceptible to cold damage, cover with a frost cloth and secure firmly to protect the day before a freeze. Regulate soil temperature and better protect the roots by mulching (with mulch, leaves, hay, etc.) no less than 3″ thick and 1′ radius around the base of the trunk above where the roots grow. Remove promptly once the freeze has subsided. Native to Florida.
PRICE 10 gallon $75, 7 gallon $20