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Littleleaf Mountain Mahogany (Cercocarpus)

Cercocarpus intricatus
SKU: HC017762
per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
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A native shrub from the southwestern US, Cercocarpus intricatus (Littleleaf Mountain Mahogany) 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. A 2009 Plant Select® selection.
key features
Botanical Name
Cercocarpus intricatus
Native, Bee Friendly, Evergreen, Rock Gardens
Growing Zones
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Soil Moisture
Mature Height
60-72" tall
Mature Spread
48-60" wide
Bloom Time


(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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