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Silver Mountain Mahogany, Mountain Mahogany, True Mountain Mahogany
Cercocarpus montanus var. argenteus


Silver mountain mahogany is beautiful in late summer and fall, when the white tails of the fruit look like a threaded needle or a narrow, delicate feather. It is found on the limestone soils of the Rolling Plains and northern Trans-Pecos on rocky uplands. The 1" long evergreen leaves are dark green above and covered with a dense white wool on the underside. The heartwood is dark brown to red, resembling mahogany but not related to commercial mahogany, Swietenia. Because of its evergreen foliage, attractive fruit, small size and drought tolerance, it should be more widely grown as an ornamental, especially in small yards and landscapes.

Plant Habit or Use: shrub

Exposure: sun partial sun

Flower Color: white to yellowish, singly or clusters of 3

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: brown, slender, leathery, with whitish plume-like tail at tip

Height: to 15 ft.

Width: to 15 ft.

Plant Character: evergreen

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements: low

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 5

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