Botanical Name: Cercocarpus montanus
Common Name: Alderleaf Mountain Mahogany  
Plant photo of: Cercocarpus montanus
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season

Winter, Spring, Summer


Leaf Color

Dark Green


Bark Color

Brown, Grey


Fruit Color



Fruit Season

Winter, Fall





Very Low


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish, Woodland


Accenting Features



Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Background, Shrub Border, With Rocks


Special Uses

Erosion Control, Filler, Hedge, Screen


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Mountain States Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

Alderleaf Mountain Mahogany is a smaller relative of the Curl-leaf Mountain mahogany, growing 4 to 6 feet tall and wide. It is fine textured, with small dark green leaves and gray brown bark. Fall color is tan to brown. Growth is upright and irregular. Fuzzy corkscrew shaped fruits develop in fall and winter.
A Utah native, found in shrub steppe, mountain brush, and pinyon-juniper plant communities. Adaptive to many soil types, as long as it is well drained. Medium to high drought tolerance. Water regularly to establish, and then infrequently. In prolonged droughts it may drop its foliage, but can fully recover when moisture returns. Plant in full sun.