Water Needs

Light Needs

Common Name

Birch-Leaf Mountain Mahogany

Scientific Name

Cercocarpus montanus

Botanical Pronunciation

ser-koe-KAR-pus mon-TAN-us

Plant Type

Broadleaf Evergreen Trees

Deciduous / Evergreen


Special Features

Native to Utah, American Indians used wood from Birchleaf Mountain Mahogany to make tools and war clubs. Hopi Indians used the bark to make a reddish-brown dye for leather.


Summer, Flowers are either solitary or in clusters of 2 to 3 flowers on short spur branchlets. They are tube-shaped, greenish-yellow in color, and lack petals.

Growth Habit

Upright and spreading

Growth Rate


Average Landscape Size

18' x 15'

Landscape Uses

Hedge, Erosion control

Care Information

Drought resistant

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USDA Hardiness Zone

-20° F, Zone 5a

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