Mountain Mahogany, Alderleaf Mountain Mahogany Cercocarpus montanus

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Botanical Name:

Cercocarpus montanus

Family:

Rosaceae

Genus:

Cercocarpus

Species:

montanus

Common Name:

Mountain Mahogany, Alderleaf Mountain Mahogany

Height:
10-12 feet
Minimum Hardiness Zone:
6

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  • Cercocarpus montanus

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Growing Info:
Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours.
Stratification: cold stratify for 90 days.
Germination: sow seed 3/8" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
Other: fall sowing in mulched beds is prefered to artificial stratification.
In a Nutshell:
* Cercocarpus montanus is a species of shrub or small tree in the family Rosaceae known by may common names (see below) including mountain mahogany and alder-leaf cercocarpus.
* Cercocarpus montanus is common in the chaparral, on mesas and on the lower foothills of the south eastern Rocky mountains of North America. It is found in Nebraska, western Oklahoma, southwestern South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, and Texas.
* C. montanus often remains under 1 metre (3.3 ft) in height because of browsing by elk and deer, but can reach 20 feet (6.1 m). It has thin and smooth bark. The species is considered to be long lived. more...
* Tolerant of maritime exposure and amenable to training, this species can be grown as a hedge in seaside gardens.
* Bunches of the tied stems have been used as rough brooms. A red to brown dye can be obtained from the root bark. The bark is often mixed with alder and wild plum root barks when making the dye.
* The wood is heavy, hard and brittle. It makes a valuable fuel and is occasionally used in the manufacture of small articles for domestic and industrial use. more...
Usda description:
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