Cercocarpus betuloides Cercocarpus betuloides var. betuloides Cercocarpus betuloides
Common Name Mountain Mahogany, Alderleaf Mountain Mahogany
Latin Name Cercocarpus belutoides
Native Habitat Dry slopes 0 to 8,000 feet in western U. S.
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water Once per month
Height X Width Maximum 45 feet X 6 feet, usual 12 feet X 4 feet
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Almost evergreen, oval, birch-like
Garden Suitability Thornless, Fragrant, Butterfly, Ethnobotanical
Ornamental Value White to pink fragrant flowers, attractive leaves, inverse conical shape, gains personality with age
Nature Value Butterflies and bees use flowers, browsers eat limbs
Native American Uses Branches used to make digging sticks, awls, dice, and tools requiring hard wood, reddish brown dye made from bark
Links  
    Images and data http://www.fs.fed.us/global/iitf/pdf/shrubs/Cercocarpus%20montanus.pdf
    Images and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=1878
    Images and data http://www.cnr.vt.edu/Dendro/dendrology/syllabus/factsheet.cfm?ID=433
    Images and data http://www.researchlearningcenter.org/bloom/species/Cercocarpus_betuloides.htm
    Images and data http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Mountain-mahogany
    Images and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cercocarpus
    Images http://www.coestatepark.com/cercocarpus_betuloides.htm
    Nursery Oak Hills Nursery, 13874 Ranchero Road, Oak Hills, 92345, 760-947-6261
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