Conocarpus erectus



wildlife plant   wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 20-40 (50) ft    Width: 20-40 ft
Flower Color: flower color   flower color      yellow,green,NA
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Showy fruits, hurricane wind resistance, interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Specimen plant, shade tree, hedge. Will tolerate shearing.
Propagation: Seeds or cuttings.
Availability: Big box stores, Quality nurseries, Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Highly salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, lime rock
Soil pH Range: Calcareous (high pH)


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Nectar source and larval host plant for martial scrub hairstreak (Strymon martialis) and tantalus sphinx (Aellopos tantalus) .
Native Habitats: Upper edges of mangrove swamps and on lower parts of dunes.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


Wood has been used to make charcoal.

Other Comments:

Two color morphs, green and silver. Since it often occurs along the upland margin of mangrove swamps, it is sometimes referred to as the 4th Florida mangrove.