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Cercocarpus betuloides

Hardtack, Mountain Ironwood
Rosaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs, Trees

CERCOCARPUS

Natives of Western American mountains and foothills. Several have a most attractive open structure and branching pattern. Distinguished in fall by long-lasting small fruit topped by a long, twisted, feathery, tail-like plume that sparkles in sunlight. About 20 kinds are native to the West, but some are widespread.

Cercocarpus betuloides

Native to dry foothills below 6,000-ft. elevation in southwestern Oregon, California, and northern Baja California. Generally shrubby, 5–12 ft. high and wide. Can form a small tree with a wide-spreading crown of arching branches to 20 ft. Wedge-shaped leaves cluster on short spurs; leaves are dark green above, pale beneath, with feathery veining, toothed edges.

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