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Cercocarpus alnifolius

Island Mountain Mahogany

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Plant Facts

Scientific Name Cercocarpus alnifolius
Principal Common Name Island Mountain Mahogany
Common Name(s)
Synonym Cercocarpus betuloides var. blancheae
Description Native evergreen shrub with silvery leaves, open structure and branching, reminiscent of short birch trees. Distinctive fruit has a long achene which looks like a silvery plume.
General Comments Can be grown in narrow spaces as a hedge.
Nativity California Channel Islands
Height Range 5 - 25 FT
Spread Range 3 - 12 FT
Flower Showy N
Sunset Zones 3 : 5 : 7 : 8 : 9 : 10 : 13 : 14 : 15 : 16 : 17 : 18 : 19 : 20 : 21 : 22 : 23 : 24
USDA Zones 7a : 7b : 8a : 8b : 9a : 9b : 10a : 10b
Leaf Color Gray under-side : Green
Leaf Texture Coarse : Fuzzy underside : Leathery : Prominent veined : Serrate
Form Shrub : Small Tree
Flower Color
Flower Time
Ease of Growing Average
Light Preferences Sun (minimum 8 hours direct sun)
Soil Preferences Well-drained
Watering Preferences Drought Tolerant : None : Sparse
Outstanding Features Evergreen : Form : Poor Soil tolerant : Shape : Size

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