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Shrub- San Diego Mountain Mahogany

Cercocarpus minutiflorus photo by JS Peterson USDA
Common Name:  San Diego Mountain Mahogany

Botanical Name: Cercocarpus minutiflorus

Family:    Rosaceae 

Description: Evergreen shrub native to California

Sun: Full sun to partial shade

Water: Little or no water

Soil: Tolerates decomposed granite, rocky soils to clay loam

Habit and form: Fast growing shrub to 12 feet high, 8-10 feet wide; small shiny bright green leaves  known for the vivid seed display; fruit shows a long, plumose style

Flower type: Tubular flowers are small and inconspicuous but followed by showy, silky-plumed seed heads in summer

Cercocarpus minutiflorus photo by Michael G. Simpson SD State Univ

Flower color and bloom season: Yellow flowers bloom in spring through early summer

Uses, if any, for plant and/or flowers: Erosion control on dry slopes; useful as hedge

Pruning time & method: Prune only to remove dead wood

Maintenance tips: Low maintenance

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