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Cercocarpus montanus var. argenteus (Silver mountain mahogany)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Cercocarpus montanus var. argenteus

Cercocarpus montanus Raf. var. argenteus (Rydb.) F.L. Martin

Silver Mountain Mahogany, Silverleaf Mountain Mahogany, True Mountain Mahogany, Mountain Mahogany

Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Synonym(s): Cercocarpus argenteus


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Achene
Size Notes: Up to about 15 feet tall by 15 feet wide.
Fruit: Brown 2 inches long

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun


Native Habitat: Hillsides, Slopes, Canyons

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Cold Tolerant: yes
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Limestone-based, Caliche type, Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay


Use Ornamental: Blooms ornamental, Fruits ornamental, Fast growing, Accent shrub, Fall conspicuous
Use Wildlife: Cover, Nesting site, Nesting material, Browse
Conspicuous Flowers: yes


Propagation Material: Softwood Cuttings

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Texas Discovery Gardens - Dallas, TX
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX


Bibref 298 - Field Guide to Texas Trees (1999) Simpson, B.J.
Bibref 355 - Landscaping with Native Plants of Texas and the Southwest (1991) Miller, G. O.
Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender
Bibref 297 - Trees of Central Texas (1984) Vines, Robert A.

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 1 - Texas Native Shrubs (2002) Texas A&M University Agriculture Program and Leslie Finical, Dallas Arboretum

Additional resources

USDA: Find Cercocarpus montanus var. argenteus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Cercocarpus montanus var. argenteus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Cercocarpus montanus var. argenteus


Record Modified: 2022-10-17
Research By: TWC Staff

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