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PlantFiles: Curl-leaf Mountain Mahogany
Cercocarpus ledifolius

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cercocarpus (ser-ko-KAR-pus) (Info)
Species: ledifolius (lee-di-FOH-lee-us) (Info)

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20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

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Sun to Partial Shade

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Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Juttah On Nov 8, 2011, Juttah from Tucson, AZ (Zone 8a) wrote:

If you've ever stopped by Mahogany Smoked Meats in Bishop, CA and wondered what kind of wood they use for that delicious smoked flavor -- this is it, and that's why we thought we'd try planting one in our yard.

Our little guy (planted a year ago) has thrived in temps ranging from 14 degrees to 112. Gave it a little mulch skirt to keep its feet cool, watered once a week, and it's already rewarded us with several new branches. I expect it'll really start taking off in another year or two.

Remarkably adaptable, nonfussy, and attractive in an unassuming, low-key way, it's been a pleasant surprise in our harsh climate.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Prescott, Arizona (2 reports)
Tucson, Arizona
Huntington, Arkansas
Denver, Colorado
Boise, Idaho

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