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Green River Littleleaf Mountain Mahogany

Cercocarpus intricatus 'Green River'

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Green River Littleleaf Mountain Mahogany (Cercocarpus intricatus 'Green River') at Jolly Lane Greenhouse

Green River Littleleaf Mountain Mahogany

Green River Littleleaf Mountain Mahogany

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Height:  6 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3

Other Names:  Little Leaf Mountain Mahogany


An evergreen shrub that is great as a rock garden accent plant or screen; an attractive plant for dry situations; leathery, needle-like dark green leaves contrast the silvery white bark; can be shaped for bonsai or topiary

Ornamental Features

Green River Littleleaf Mountain Mahogany has attractive dark green foliage. The glossy narrow leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The smooth silver bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Green River Littleleaf Mountain Mahogany is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and can be pruned at anytime. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Green River Littleleaf Mountain Mahogany is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Green River Littleleaf Mountain Mahogany will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Screening  Rock  Garden 
Foliage Color  Bark 
Ornamental Features