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Cercocarpus montanus var. minutiflorus (Abrams) F.L. Martin
Smooth mountain mahogany, San Diego mountain-mahogany
Synonyms: Cercocarpus minutiflorus
USDA Symbol: CEMOM
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A large, evergreen shrub from 8-20 ft. with shiny, bright-green leaves. The tubular flowers are small and inconspicuous but are followed by showy, silky-plumed seedheads in the summer. Flowers are wind-pollinated.
Bloom InformationBloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
Bloom Notes: Flowers are inconspicuous.
CA Native Distribution:
Southern California and northern Baja California. Native Habitat:
Dry slopes,chaparral below 3000 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Nitrogen-fixing and good for revegetation and erosion control.
PropagationDescription: Propagation is possible by seed.
Seed Collection: Collect seeds as soon as the fruits are dry. This is usually indicated by a white aspect to the fruiting branches. Avoid exposure of skin to the hairy, white styles.
Seed Treatment: Because of varying degrees of dormancy within the species and subspecies, a cold-moist period may or may not be necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CA
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Record Modified: 2011-07-31
Research By: TWC Staff