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1. See sycamore.
2. An evergreen shrub or tree (Conocarpus erectus) of coastal wetlands of tropical America and western Africa, having alternate leathery leaves and small buttonlike heads of greenish flowers.


(ˈbʌtənˌwʊd) or

button tree

1. (Plants) Also called: buttonball a North American plane tree, Platanus occidentalis. See plane tree
2. (Plants) a small West Indian tree, Conocarpus erectus, with button-like fruits and heavy hard compact wood: family Combretaceae


(ˈbʌt nˌwʊd)

Chiefly Eastern New Eng. sycamore (def. 1).
[1665–75, Amer.]
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Noun1.buttonwood - very large spreading plane tree of eastern and central North America to Mexicobuttonwood - very large spreading plane tree of eastern and central North America to Mexico
genus Platanus, Platanus - genus of large monoecious mostly deciduous trees: London plane; sycamore
plane tree, platan, sycamore - any of several trees of the genus Platanus having thin pale bark that scales off in small plates and lobed leaves and ball-shaped heads of fruits
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In one direction from my house there was a colony of muskrats in the river meadows; under the grove of elms and buttonwoods in the other horizon was a village of busy men, as curious to me as if they had been prairie-dogs, each sitting at the mouth of its burrow, or running over to a neighbor's to gossip.
White mangroves and buttonwoods typically grow on higher land and do not have root systems submerged in saltwater; we're not going to find too many fish trying to hide in their roots.
Miss Tucker, a skilled silviculturist, divided local trees into categories - magnolias, lindens, walnuts, ash, horse chestnuts, sumacs and locusts, nettle trees, buttonwoods, oaks, chestnut and beech, etc.
s] between flooded and non-flooded green buttonwoods (Martin 2009), whereas in the present study A and [g.
abbreviatus larvae without affecting leaf gas exchange or growth of trees on Swingle citrumelo rootstock, but these short-term flood periods would probably not benefit green buttonwoods.
The path continues through a stand of buttonwoods, emerging at Big Grassy Lagoon, where you can sit quietly and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.
Replacing exotic plants with native species such as mangroves, buttonwoods and various native grasses will allow for the creation and installation of microhabitats representative of the types that naturally make up the bay system (mangrove forest, salt marsh, etc.
In addition, flooding buttonwoods in potting medium significantly reduced photosynthesis, transpiration, and stomatal conductance beginning 1 wk after flooding (Diaz 2005).