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Cercocarpus ledifolius

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Species Name: Cercocarpus ledifolius
Common Name: Curl-leaf Mountain Mahogany

Very drought tolerant and hardy. Good choice for screen or background shrub. Great for the high desert. Highly recommended for wildlife habitat. Prefers good drainage.

Plant Family: Rosaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 30' H x 15' W
Growth Habit: Branching, rounded
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining, rocky
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Cream
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Klamath Ranges, High North Coast Ranges, Cascade Ranges, High Sierra Nevada, Tehachapis, Transverse and Northern Peninsular Ranges, Great Basin, Desert Mts.
Natural Habitat: Deep soils, rocky slopes

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History
  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Erect growing shrub with reddish bark, small dark green oblong leathery leaves, pointed at both ends. Found on rocky slopes in the mountains from 4,000 to 9,000 feet elevation. A good oliage shrub. Gallon cans, 60c."
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