Littleleaf Mountain Mahogany

    Littleleaf Mountain Mahogany

    Common Name(s):

    Littleleaf Mountain Mahogany

    Scientific Name:

    Cercocarpus intricatus S. Wats.

    Scientific Name Synonyms:

    None known




    Life Span: Perennial

    Origin: Native

    Season: Evergreen

    Growth Characteristics: A shrubby, intricately-branching species, reaching heights of up to 7 feet tall.

    Flowers/Inflorescence: Flowers are either solitary or in clusters of 2 to 3 flowers on short spur branchlets. They are tube-shaped, greenish-yellow in color, and lack petals.

    Fruits/Seeds: Fruit is a plumed, spiral achene.

    Leaves: Leaves are rolled under (revolute) like curlleaf mountain mahogany, also long, narrow, and almost needle-like.

    Stems: Much branched.

    Ecological Adaptions:

    Littleleaf mountain mahogany is found in the dry regions of the state, at elevations between 4,000 and 8,500 feet. It is especially prevalent in southern Utah.

    Soils: Most abundant on well-drained soils. Often found on rocky soils and slickrock.

    Associated Species: Utah serviceberry, singleleaf ash, bigelow sagebrush.

    Uses and Management:

    Littleleaf mountain mahogany is valuable browse for wildlife and domestic livestock.