C. montanus var. minutiflorus
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Evergreen shrub, much branched, 6-15 ft (~2-5 m) tall. Leaves alternate, simple, 1-2.5 cm, ovate to obovate, thin to leathery, margin entire to serrate, 3-6 lateral veins, upper surface shiny, bright-green. Flowers, small, tubular and inconspicuous, but followed by showy, silky-plumed (3-7 cm long) seedheads in the summer.
- Sun, well-drained soil, avoid frequent summer watering. Probably best used in stabilizing or restoring disturbed or degraded areas.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 8? Mostly found in the chaparral of extreme southern California (San Diego County) and northern Baja California.
Some controversy exists on the taxonomy of Cercocarpus, the so-called True Mountain-mahogany is now considered Cercocarpus montanus Raf. and many varieties are now recognized, such as:
C. m. var. argenteus, Silverleaf Mountain-mahogany
C. m. var. blancheae, Island Mountain-mahogany
C. m. var. glaber, Birchleaf Mountain-mahogany
C. m. var. macrourus, Klamath Mountain-mahogany
C. m. var. minutiflorus, Smooth Mountain-mahogany
C. m. var. montanus, Alderleaf Mountain-mahogany
C. m. var. paucidentatus, Shaggy Mountain-mahogany
- C. m. var. argenteus, Silverleaf Mountain-mahogany
- minutiflorus: minute-flowered