“Mangrove” grows wild in the southern tropics, with its hard wood used as fuel. Two different forms, beach tree and shrub. Can grow up to 25 feet. This evergreen tree has beautiful silvery leaves due to silky hairs, which cover the leaf surface.
The inconspicuous, small, greenish flowers appear in dense cone-like heads in terminal panicles in spring and are followed by 1/2-inch, cone-like, red-brown fruits. The dark brown attractive bark is ridged and scaly.