Littleleaf Mountain Mahogany (Cercocarpus)

A native shrub from the southwestern US, Littleleaf Mountain Mahogany (Cercocarpus intricatus) features attractive silvery evergreen foliage for year-round interest and bird habitat. Its compact size and outstanding durability make it an excellent choice for hedging and xeric landscaping. In mid-spring, the shrub is covered in plumes of tiny pale flowers, which are pollinated by small native bees to create feathery seed tails that catch the afternoon light.
Zones4 - 9
Advantages
Bee Friendly
Native
Evergreen
Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Less than 10" (with irrigation)
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
Mature Height60-72" tall
Mature Spread48-60" wide
Bloom Timemid-spring
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SizePlant - 5" Deep Pot
SKUHC017762

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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(5-6' tall x 4-5' wide) A member of the rose family, Littleleaf Mountain Mahogany (Cercocarpus intricatus) is a durable, small to medium sized native shrub that is excellent for dry area plantings. The bush can be sheared like boxwood to create tidy hedges. Found growing in the wild primarily in western Colorado, Utah, northern Arizona, and Central California, this densely branched, slow-growing shrub is a versatile plant for landscape design, and can thrive in harsh conditions; root nodules host nitrogen-fixing bacteria, an important characteristic for plants growing in soils with low fertility. Plant with full sun in all soil types including dry clay. Extremely xeric once established, Littleleaf Mountain Mahogany is slow-growing and requires no irrigation after about two years of growth. In wetter conditions the plants will be lusher with a more open habit; plants are dense and shorter in very dry sites. It’s pest-free, seldom browsed by deer in cultivated situations, and requires almost no care once established. An excellent xeric companion for Schizachyrium (Little Bluestem grass), Rhus 'Gro-Low' (Sumac) and Mirabilis (Wild Four O'clock). Introduced by Plant Select® – waterwise, garden-tested plants proven to thrive in the high plains and intermountain west for more beauty, with less work.
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SKUHC017762
Item Package Size
Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Common Name
Littleleaf Mountain Mahogany
Botanical Name
Cercocarpus intricatus
Zones
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
White
Mature Height
60-72" tall
Mature Spread
48-60" wide
Bloom Time
mid-spring
Ships As
Potted Plant
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Drought/Dry Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount Of Rain
Less than 10" (with irrigation), 10 to 20", 20 to 30"
Advantages
Bee Friendly, Native, Evergreen, Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant
Ideal Region
West, Western Only, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Item Unit Of Measure
Plant
Ships To Canada
No
Planting Guides
Growing Shrubs and Small Trees:
The shrubs and trees we sell are 1-2 year-old seedlings. These young plants appreciate some extra attention during their first 3 years in your landscape.

    Preferred growing conditions:
  • Check each species soil preferences before planting. Some do well in clay while others do not.
  • Mulch with common mulching materials. As they get larger (2 ft. or more in height), thicken the mulch layer to a depth of 2-3 inches.
  • Even xeric (waterwise) species will establish better and grow more quickly when given regular irrigation during the first 3 years in the garden. As they begin to reach maturity, watering frequency can be reduced to a good deep soaking every 10 to 14 days during the heat of summer.
  • Plant in full sun or part sun depending on plant preference.
  • Dig a wide but shallow hole and enrich the soil with ample amounts of compost and Yum Yum. This will help them to grow and mature more quickly.
  • Special comments:
  • Most native shrubs and trees are highly recommended for providing wildlife habitat (nesting spots, fruit or seeds for songbirds and mammals, nectar for pollinators).
  • They are excellent for use to grow as natural (un-sheared!) hedges along fences, property lines and driveways. They live for many years once established.
  • Garden Care:
  • Fertilize in the fall with Yum Yum Mix and good quality compost. This is most important during the first 3 years in the landscape. Established plants don't need to be fertilized (unless growth is stunted by extremely poor soils).
  • Where browsing animals (rabbits, deer and others) are a problem, it is advisable to protect young plants with a wire cage. These can be removed after 3-4 years in the ground.
  • Mulching is essential to maintain the soil moisture these woody plants need to establish their deep growing roots. Be sure and replenish the mulch in fall and summer to keep it sufficiently deep.

  • View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.
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Zone 10Shipping begins the week of February 22nd, 2021

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