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CURLY-LEAF MOUNTAIN MAHOGANY
Cercocarpus ledifolius

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Photo Locations: BioPark Botanic Garden - Albuquerque, NM, Red Butte Garden - Salt Lake City, UT, Santa Fe Botanic Garden - Santa Fe, NM

General Notes

Utility Friendly Tree Utility friendly tree.

Very drought tolerant handsome shrub. Leaves and young fresh growth is favored by wildlife. Medicinal uses include treating burns and rashes from a powder grond from the wood.

Native to dry mountain slopes of the Western United States.

A Cercocarpus ledifolius in Calpine, CA is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 22 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 144 inches and a crown spread of 36 feet.

Family: Rosaceae

Tree Characteristics

Oval, Rounded or Vase Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 20 feet.

Width: 15 - 20 feet.

Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.

Longevity 40 to 150 years.

Leaves Oblong, Gray Green or Dark Green, No Change, Evergreen.

Flowers Inconspicuous. Flowers in Spring. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).

Brown Follicle, Large (1.50 - 3.00 inches), fruiting in Summer.

Bark Light Gray or Red Brown, Furrowed, Scaly or Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Dense in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 1 - 3, 7 - 10 and 14 - 21.

USDA Hardiness Zones 3 - 8.

Exposure Full Sun.

Dry Soil.

Drought tolerant.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Not Suited.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Medium.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

Allergy and Irritant Health Hazard.

Biogenic Emissions considered Low.

Deer Palatable.

Special Uses & Values

Screen.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Cercocarpus ledifolius Tree Record." 1995-2017. Dec 11, 2017.
< http://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/cercocarpus-ledifolius >

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