Cercocarpus ledifolius
mountain mahogany

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in southeastern Washington (population in Chelan County was planted); southeastern Washington to California, east to the Rocky Mountains.

Habitat: Dry areas, from foothills to middle elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: April-June

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Intricately branched shrubs or small trees, 1-6 m. tall, the young branches pubescent and reddish, soon becoming glabrous and grayish.


Leaves persistent, the blades narrowly-elliptic to elliptic-lanceolate, the margins strongly revolute, becoming linear in outline, 1-3 cm. long and up to 10 mm. broad, dark green above and paler below.


Flowers 1-3 in the leaf axils, sessile; calyx woolly, the tube 4-7 mm. long, the 5 lobes ovate, 1.5-2 mm. long; petals none; stamens 20-30.


Fruit a hairy achene, 5-7 mm. long, the style elongate and plumose, 5-8 cm. long.

Accepted Name:
Cercocarpus ledifolius Nutt.
Publication: Fl. N. Amer. (Torr. & A. Gray) 1(3): 427 (-428). 1840.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Cercocarpus ledifolius in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Cercocarpus ledifolius checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Cercocarpus ledifolius information.

E-Flora BC: Cercocarpus ledifolius atlas page.

CalPhotos: Cercocarpus ledifolius photos.

USDA Plants: Cercocarpus ledifolius information.

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