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Hairy Mountain Mahogany

Cercocarpus breviflorus

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Shrub
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Butterflies
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
10-15' × 10-15'
Flowering Season March-July
Flower Color White
Minimum Temperature Range -20 °F
Leaf Description Rounded, leathery, aromatic
Fruit Seed attached to a corkscrewed plume
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Elevation Range 4000-7000 ft.
Description Hairy mountain mahogany occurs at high elevation in central and eastern Arizona. This plant is an upright shrub which can reach 10-15' tall. Leaves are rounded and covered in white hairs, blooms are white tubes. Corkscrew like seeds add visual interest to the plant after flowering. This would be a good hedging shrub, or centerpiece in cooler gardens. Try mixing with oaks (Quercus spp.) and juniper (Juniperus deppeana). If you live in an area with good air quality, these plants seem to be a preferred host for lichens.