Cercocarpus ledifolius Cercocarpus ledifolius Cercocarpus ledifolius
Common Name Curl-leaf Mountain Mahogany, Evergreen Mahogany, Desert Mountain Mahogany
Latin Name Cercocarpus ledifolius
Family Rosaceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones 1-3, 7-10, 13-24 / 6-9
Type / Form Shrub / Large
Native Habitat 3,000 to 10,500 feet in western USA
Soil Dry decomposed granite, sand, limestone, low organic content, well drained
Exposure Full sun
Water Once per month
Height X Width 12 feet X 12 feet
Protective Mechanism Wood extremely hard
Leaves Dark green top, silvery underneath, evergreen
Flowers Inconspicuous flowers but eye catching spiral silver-haired seed plumes, plant has spicy aroma
Bark / Roots Reddish to grayish brown with deep, wide furrows and ridges that may break into plate-like scales. Twigs reddish brown, slender and pubescent becoming smooth and gray-brown; spur shoots are common. / Shallow.
Maintenance None
Propagation Seeds.
Pests and diseases None
Landscape uses Erosion control, low maintenance, background, specimen
Garden Suitability Thornless, Mountain, Fragrance, Ethnobotanical
Nature Value Important browse species
Native American Uses Wood used to make tools and weapons, bark used as tea flavor, medicinal uses
    Images and data http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=CELE3
    Images and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cercocarpus_ledifolius
    Images and data http://www.malag.aes.oregonstate.edu/wildflowers/species.php/id-920
    Images and data http://extension.usu.edu/range/woody/curlleafmahog.htm
    Images and data http://www.ruggedcountryplants.com/shrubs/cercocarpus-ledifolius.htm
    Images and data http://www.fw.vt.edu/dendrO/dendrology/syllabus/factsheet.cfm?ID=434
    Images and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=1883
    Images and data http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=CELE3
    Images and data http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/58199/
    Images and data http://www.waterwiseplants.utah.gov/default.asp?p=PlantInfo&Plant=59&Cart=
    Data http://www.pfaf.org/database/plants.php?Cercocarpus+ledifolius
    Data http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_JM_treatment.pl?6677,6695,6701
    Data http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/tree/cerled/all.html
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.laspilitas.com/plants/194.htm
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.highcountrygardens.com/catalog/product/34340/
    Nursery Oak Hills Nursery, 13874 Ranchero Road, Oak Hills, 92345, 760-947-6261