Plant Care Alder-Leaf Mountain-Mahogany

Alder-Leaf Mountain-Mahogany

About Alder-Leaf Mountain-Mahogany

Mountain Mahogany is a native shrub or small tree in the rose family found in the western USA and northern Mexico. It can reach heights of 20 feet but is often browsed by herbivores so generally stays around 3-8 feet tall. It prefers well-drained sandy to clay loams in full sun and is drought tolerant.

Taxonomy

Cercocarpus montanus
Cercocarpus
Rosaceae
Rosales

Also known as

alder-leaf mountain-mahogany, alder-leaf cercocarpus, true mountain-mahogany and silverleaf mountain-mahogany

How to care for Alder-Leaf Mountain-Mahogany

💦 Water

How often to water your Alder-Leaf Mountain-Mahogany

Water needs for Alder-Leaf Mountain-Mahogany
0.5 cups
every 9

Alder-Leaf Mountain-Mahogany needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Alder-Leaf Mountain-Mahogany in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Alder-Leaf Mountain-Mahogany: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Alder-Leaf Mountain-Mahogany love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Alder-Leaf Mountain-Mahogany does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Alder-Leaf Mountain-Mahogany in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Alder-Leaf Mountain-Mahogany

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Alder-Leaf Mountain-Mahogany: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Alder-Leaf Mountain-Mahogany after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Alder-Leaf Mountain-Mahogany is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


💦 Water Needs

Alder-Leaf Mountain-Mahogany prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Alder-Leaf Mountain-Mahogany requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


🪴 Soil

Alder-Leaf Mountain-Mahogany does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Alder-Leaf Mountain-Mahogany grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Alder-Leaf Mountain-Mahogany can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 5a-10b. Find your local hardiness zone here.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Alder-Leaf Mountain-Mahogany

Alder-Leaf Mountain-Mahogany


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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