Cercocarpus minutiflorus

San Diego mountain mahogany

Plant Type: Shrub, Tree
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 14' X 10'
Santa Clara County Local: No
What do these mean?



San Diego mountain mahogany is common in the coastal regions of Orange and San Diego County. Like other mountain mahogany species it grows as a multi-trunk shrub with dark green, birch-like leaves and gray bark. It has a more rounded form than other species and is somewhat shorter at maturity. Following a bloom of inconspicuous yellow flowers, seed heads appear with long, fuzzy “tails” that give the plant a misty appearance for many weeks in the summer. San Diego Mountain mahogany will grow in a variety of soils and partial shade, and needs very little water once established.


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen