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Curl Leaf Mountain Mahogany
Cercocarpus ledifolius var. intricatus
About Curl Leaf Mountain Mahogany (Cercocarpus ledifolius var. intricatus) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Cercocarpus intricatus is a species of flowering plant known by the common name littleleaf mountain mahogany. It is native to the southwestern United States from California to Colorado, where it grows in mostly dry habitat such as desert, mountain slopes, plateau, and woodland. It is a thickly branched shrub spreading and growing erect to heights between one and three meters. The many short gray twigs on the branches bear tiny, widely spaced evergreen leaves. Each thick, short leaf is a centimeter long or less, rolled under at the edges, and leathery in texture. The flower cluster has two or three flowers. Each flower is a tiny cup just a few millimeters wide containing several protruding stamens and one pistil. The style remains after the rest of the flower falls away. It is feathery and up to 2 centimeters long, with the fruit, an achene, at the tip.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type

3.3 - 10 ft tall


Flower Color
Flower Color
Cream, White

Wildlife Supported

Landscaping Information
Full Sun, Part Shade

Common uses
Common uses
Hedges, Bank Stabilization, Bird Gardens

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
1, 2, 3, 7*, 9, 10*, 11, 14*, 15, 16, 18*, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Dry, rocky outcrops, slopes,

Annual Precipitation: 3.8" - 38.5", Summer Precipitation: 0.31" - 3.33", Coldest Month: 23.3" - 50.5", Hottest Month: 46.2" - 82.4", Humidity: 2.08" - 38.57", Elevation: 1723" - 10329"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Little-leaved Mountain-mahogany, Littleleaf Mountain Mahogany

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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