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Mountain Mahogany

(Cercocarpus montanus)


Mountain mahogany is a bushy shrub to a small tree ranging in height from 61 to 305 cm (24 to 120 in.). The evergreen leaves are triangularly toothed, dark green on top and slightly hairy below. The fruits have a feathery tail that extends to 10 cm (14 in.).

Mountain mahogany grows from South Dakota and Montana to New Mexico and Arizona; it extends into the Panhandle and Trans-Pecos area of Texas. It occurs on a wide range of either rocky or gravelly sites. Mountain mahogany grows in a wide range of precipitation from 25 to 64 cm (10 to 25 in.) and is strongly drought tolerant. It is palatable to deer, sheep, elk and cattle and it provides cover for birds and small mammals. It is also useful for soil stabilization, windbreaks and landscapes.

Seed should be planted 0.6 to 1.3 cm (¼ to ½ in.) deep, usually as part of a mixture. Planting dates are generally in the fall, but if seed is treated to enhance germination, it can be sown in early spring. Seeding rates should be doubled if seed is broadcast.



0.28 to 1.1 kg PLS /hectare
0.25 to 1 lb. PLS/acre



45,000 per lb. (0.46 kg)

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