Cercocarpus betuloides var. blancheae

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Species Name: Cercocarpus betuloides var. blancheae
Common Name: Island Mountain Mahogany

Superior shrub for screens. Recommended for tall and narrow areas. Seed plumes shimmer in summer and fall. Excellent for both erosion control and wildlife value. Garden tolerant, but not deer tolerant.

Plant Family: Rosaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 12' H x 4' W
Growth Habit: Upright, narrow
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Insignificant
Endangered?: List 4/RED 1-1-3
Distribution: Channel Islands (except San Clemente Island), southwestern Transverse Ranges
Natural Habitat: Chaparral below 2000'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A rare species from Catalina Island. Has much larger leaves than the Common Mountain Mahogany. A very desirable shrub. Gallon cans, 75c; 5 gallon cans, $2.00."
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