low, very low
3 to 5 ft.
2 to 3 ft.
southwestern United States
USDA zones 3-9
hardy to 8,000 ft.
Littleleaf mountain mahogany is a tough little shrub, tolerant of climatic extremes. The dense twiggy growth bears inconspicuous flowers that, by midsummer, mature into beautiful, feathery seed pods.
A native plant of the southwestern deserts, it is tolerant of very low water conditions once established. It makes a good background or structural plant in the Colorado Springs area. It stays small, so it is a good addition for smaller yards, too. It is a great choice for a xeric landscape.
Littleleaf mountain mahogany has grown well at the Xeriscape Garden. It grows slowly and can take several years to mature. Although it is not a very showy shrub, its drought tolerance and weather resilience have proven its value in landscapes. Requires hardly any care. There are several mature shrubs at the Cottonwood Creek Park by the play structures.
Light, selective pruning can be performed to enhance the structure. Otherwise, no maintenance is necessary.