Virginia Tech Dendrology

littleleaf mountain-mahogany Rosaceae Cercocarpus intricatus S. Watson Listen to the Latin symbol: CEIN7
Leaf: Alternate, simple, and persistent and leathery, commonly clustered on spur shoots; 1/2 inch long and narrowly elliptical, thick and leathery with entire, obviously revolute margins, green above and below.
Flower: Small, inconspicuous, trumpet-shaped, red with yellow anthers.
Fruit: Small achenes with long, twisted, plumed tails, to one inch long.
Twig: Reddish brown, slender and pubescent becoming smooth and gray-brown; spur shoots are common.
Bark: Reddish to grayish brown with deep, furrows and ridges that may become scaly.
Form: A rounded, densely-branched evergreen shrub to 10 feet tall.
Looks like: curlleaf mountain-mahogany - mountain-mahogany
leaf flower twig form1 map
Additional Range Information: Cercocarpus intricatus is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting littleleaf mountain-mahogany.
External Links: USDA Plants Database
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson