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Cercocarpus ledifolius

Curl-Leaf Mountain Mahogany
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 ledifolius

Native to dry mountain slopes throughout the West, from the eastern slopes of Sierra Nevada–Cascade divide to the Rockies. In warmer western part of its range, it grows to 5–12 ft. high and wide; in highest, coldest part of the range, it is a very slow-growing, excellent hedge or small tree. Leaves are leathery, 1/2–1 in. long, resinous, dark green above, white beneath, with inrolled edges.

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