late May through June
6 to 10 ft.
4 to 6 ft.
western United States
USDA zones 2-9
hardy to 10,000 ft.
Mountain mahogany is a common native shrub of the foothills around Colorado Springs.
Its light green, wedge-shaped leaves have furry undersides. The small, yellowish-white flowers are not very showy, but have a pleasant sweet smell. They are followed by seeds with beautiful feathery tails. Mountain mahogany is an important plant for native insects and birds.
It can be a good choice for a windbreak or background plant, especially for landscapes that blend into natural areas.
This shrub grows natively in the foothills in the Colorado Springs area. There is one mountain mahogany growing at the Xeriscape Garden. It grows very well with very little maintenance or supplemental water.
Prune out dead branches as needed. Prune to desired shape when young, if desired.