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Birchleaf Mountain Mahogany (Cercocarpus betuloides)

Natural History

Mountain Mahogany is a member of the Rose Family. It takes the form of a shrub or small tree and can grow to 20 feet in height. The trunk grows to 6 inches in diameter and has gray or brown bark, which is smooth when the tree is young, but becomes furrowed with age. Leaves grow to 1.25 inches in length and are dark green and elliptical with small ridges along the edges. The tree grows on dry, rocky mountain slopes in areas where oak and chaparral predominate at elevations between 3500-6500 feet.

Mountain Mahogany is browsed by livestock, pronghorn antelope, elk and deer.

Mountain Mahogany blooms between March and July and produces yellowish, funnel-shaped flowers with 5 lobes which grow to 3/8 inches in width.

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