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Cercocarpus ledifolius (Curl Leaf Mountain Mahogany)

Cercocarpus ledifolius
Curl Leaf Mountain Mahogany

This upright, slow-growing evergreen shrub is native to much of the Southwestern U.S., occurring on arid, rocky slopes from 4000 to 10,000 feet. Mature plants develop twisting branches, with interesting fissures in the smooth grey bark. Small leathery leaves are dark green on top, with hairy white undersides, and the leaf edges curl under distinctively. The foliage is resinous and aromatic. Masses of creamy yellow flowers in the spring are followed by silver corkscrews in the fall. Each seed is attached to one of these fuzzy tails, and the bush glows when backlit by the sun. It provides good shelter and food for birds and other wildlife. Use in full sun and well-drained soil. It is extremely drought tolerant.

Plant Type Native, Shrub
Exposure Full Sun
Water Needs Low
Hardiness Zone Zone 4 (-30° F)
Flower Color Yellow
Flower Season Spring
Growth Rate Moderate, Slow
Height 15' - 18' (ft)
Spread 10' - 15' (ft)
Spacing 15' (ft)
Characteristics Evergreen
Attracts Birds, Wildlife
Maintenance Low
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens, Walls and Fences
Tolerance Drought, Heat
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Image by: Wiki Commons
Image by: Wiki Commons

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