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Can someone identify this tree? The top of the leaf is soft like velvet.

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You don't say where you are, but if you're in USDA zone 9 or above, it is probably Conocarpus erectus var. sericeus, common name Silver Buttonwood. It has lots of small hairs coating the leaf surface, which is what gives the leaves a silvery appearance, and also makes them feel velvety to touch. Image and info here http://looking-at-plants.com/plants_a_-_z/conocarpus_erectus_var_sericeus

  • I'm in the UK so not sure what Fl means - I'm assuming Florida maybe? If so, the ID given is accurate... – Bamboo Aug 8 '18 at 22:54

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