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Cercocarpus montanus (Mountain Mahogany)

Cercocarpus montanus
Alderleaf Mountain Mahogany, Silverleaf Mountain Mahogany, Mountain Mahogany

This large, upright evergreen shrub is native to the western U.S. and Mexico, occuring on dry slopes and mesas from 3000 to 9500 feet. It has leathery, aromatic oval leaves and distinctive shaggy red bark. Long-lived and slow growing, it develops very hard wood that Native Americans used for various tools and weapons. Inconspicuous creamy white flowers in the spring are followed by feathery corkscrew-shaped fruit in the fall and winter. Provide good drainage, and be careful not to over water.

Plant Type Shrub
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Water Needs Low
Hardiness Zone Zone 4 (-30° F)
Flower Color White
Flower Season Spring
Growth Rate Slow
Height 8'-20' (ft)
Spread 10'-20' (ft)
Spacing 24"- 60"
Characteristics Evergreen
Attracts Bees, Birds, Butterflies
Maintenance Low
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Hedges and Screens
Tolerance Drought, Salt
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil PH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
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