The leaves of this Mountain Mahogany truly are rounded and deeply veined like Birch or Alder leaves. They are dark green and leathery with silky hairs underneath.
This tree is semi-evergreen in the Rocky Mountain region, and evergreen when found in its native southern Oregon location.
It does well in USDA 3-10.
This is a tough, draught tolerant, sun-loving tree, which will reach 25’ and become very sculptural.
Birch Leaf Mahogany bears single cream cup shaped flowers followed in fall by attractive upright twisted plume like seed heads.
This tree is a welcome addition in a dry spot needing a touch of green.
Photo below courtesy of National Park Service.