Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Cercocarpus ledifolius, CURL-LEAF MOUNTAIN MAHOGANY

I will be writing about three Cercocarpus that grow in Utah and in most of the Mountain States. The three are Cercocarpus ledifolius, CURL-LEAF MOUNTAIN MAHOGANY, Cercocarpus intricatus, DWARF MT MAHOGANY or SMALL LEAF MOUNTAIN MAHOGANY, and Cercocarpus montanus, MOUNTAIN MAHOGANY also know as BIRCH LEAF MOUNTAIN MAHOGANY.

Cercocarpus ledifolius is erect, evergreen shrub that grows to 15 feet tall and some specimens have grown into a tree that is 40 feet tall. It is native to ten western states. It has a place in the landscape. If it is pinched each year, it will grow into a thick evergreen shrub. There are a some in nature that seem to grow naturally like that. The above pictures show a thick specimens from the San Rafael Swell. After established, these plants grow with water that falls from the sky. They would fit nicely close to a building.

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