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.


Cercocarpus montanus

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


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

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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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 🏡.


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.

Difficulty Level

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

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Alder-Leaf Mountain-Mahogany

Alder-Leaf Mountain-Mahogany

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


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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