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Cercocarpus ledifolius - Nutt. ex Torr.&A.Gray.

Common Name Mountain Mahogany, Curl-leaf mountain mahogany
Family Rosaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry gravelly arid slopes in the mountain ranges of the interior regions, 1500 - 2700 metres[82, 229].
Range Western N. America - Washington to California, west to Wyoming, Arizona and New Mexico.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Cercocarpus ledifolius Mountain Mahogany, Curl-leaf mountain mahogany


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Cercocarpus ledifolius Mountain Mahogany, Curl-leaf mountain mahogany
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Cercocarpus ledifolius is an evergreen Tree growing to 8 m (26ft 3in) at a slow rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in leaf all year. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
It can fix Nitrogen.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Secondary; Sunny Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Tea

The scraped bark makes a flavourful addition to a brew of Mormon tea (Ephedra spp.)[183].

Medicinal Uses

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Cardiac  Haemostatic  Poultice  Stomachic  TB  Tonic  VD

Mountain mahogany was employed medicinally by a number of native North American Indian tribes who used it to treat a variety of complaints[257]. It is virtually not used in modern herbalism. The bark is antihaemorrhagic, cardiac, stomachic and tonic[257]. A decoction has been used in the treatment of coughs and colds, pneumonia, spitting up of blood, stomach aches, diarrhoea (including for children), tuberculosis and VD[257]. A poultice of the green powdered wood has been applied to sores, cuts, wounds and burns[257]. It has also been sprinkled on syphilitic sores[257]. An exudation from the plant has been dried, ground into a powder and applied to the ear to treat earaches[257].

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Other Uses

Fuel  Wood

A red dye is obtained from the inner bark[257]. The wood is extremely hard and so dense that it will not float in water[229]. It is also brittle[82]. It makes an excellent fuel, giving off intense heat whilst burning for a long time[229]. It is occasionally used in the manufacture of small articles for domestic and industrial use[82].

Special Uses

Carbon Farming  Nitrogen Fixer

Cultivation details

Agroforestry Services: Nitrogen  Fodder: Bank  Management: Standard  Regional Crop

Requires a position in full sun in a perfectly draining soil[200]. Succeeds in dry soils. Tolerates maritime exposure[200]. Some forms of this species are hardy to about -17°c[200]. A slow-growing tree or large shrub, it is not a true evergreen, but its leaves persist over winter and do not fall until after the new leaves are growing[229]. Some members of this genus have a symbiotic relationship with certain soil micro-organisms, these form nodules on the roots of the plants and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[200].

Carbon Farming

  • Agroforestry Services: Nitrogen  Plants that contribute to nitrogen fixation include the legume family – Fabaceae.
  • Fodder: Bank  Fodder banks are plantings of high-quality fodder species. Their goal is to maintain healthy productive animals. They can be utilized all year, but are designed to bridge the forage scarcity of annual dry seasons. Fodder bank plants are usually trees or shrubs, and often legumes. The relatively deep roots of these woody perennials allow them to reach soil nutrients and moisture not available to grasses and herbaceous plants.
  • Management: Standard  Plants grow to their standard height. Harvest fruit, seeds, or other products. Non-Destructive management systems.
  • Regional Crop  These crops have been domesticated and cultivated regionally but have not been adopted elsewhere and are typically not traded globally, Examples in this broad category include perennial cottons and many nuts and staple fruits.

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[200].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
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