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Cercocarpus ledifolius

Curl-leaf Mt. Mahogany

Community: Foothill

Brief Description

Mountaintop shrub roots deeply in rocky soils, grows fuzzy-tailed seeds.

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  • Drought Hardy
  • High Elevation Shrub
  • Quirky Corkscrew Seeds
  • Slow-Growing

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Plant Description and Details

Mt. Mahogany is one tough plant. It grows high in the mountains on rocky soils, windswept and dry. It takes its time reaching its mature size, so it could also be used as an ornamental shrub or even trimmed as a sparse hedge. The leaves are leatheryand dark green, lasting through the winter. Small red summer flowers are superceded by seeds, each one sporting a hairy plume "tail" that corkscrews 2-3" long, looking like a thin feather and staying on the bush all winter long.

Common Names Curl-leaf Mt. Mahogany
Community Foothill
Annual Water Needs 15-20 inches
Drought Tolerant Yes
Native Range High and dry areas, rocky slopes, deep or shallow soils, throughout western states.
Native States CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY
Hardiness Down to Zone 4
Exposure Sun
Placement Naturalized plantings, Xeric areas, trimmed as a hedge.
Mature Height 6 - 12 ft.
Mature Width 8 ft.
Group Spacing 5-10 ft.
Blossom Color Red
Blooms Summer
Establishment Tips Water at planting and 4-5 times deeply the first summer.
Maintenance Tips Do not overwater after established.
Wildlife Notes Deer browse and birds eat seeds
Plants Symbol CELE3
Family Name Rosaceae
Lewis & Clark No
 

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