Hardtack, Mountain Ironwood
Evergreen, Shrubs, Trees
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.
Native to dry foothills below 6,000-ft. elevation in southwestern Oregon, California, and northern Baj...
Native to Utah, Arizona, Nevada, California, and Mexico. Grows to 3–4 ft. tall and 2–3 ft....
Many hybrids are obtainable, either as blends or in single colors. Most must be grown from seed....