Utah Division of
Forestry, Fire & State Lands

Utah Department of Natural Resources

Cercocarpus Alderleaf - Salt Lake City 2

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Common Name Cercocarpus Alderleaf
Species Cercocarpus montanus
Address Neffs Canyon
City Salt Lake City
Year Planted Unknown
Height 21 Feet
Spread 18 Feet
Circumference 31 Inches
DBH Diameter at Breast Height (DBH) is the standard forestry measurement of the tree's trunk diameter at 4.5 ft from the base.
Name of Nominator Hal Jensen
Date Rated 2009-10-12
Ownership Public: Wasatch Cache National Forest
Story

Hal Jensen, Meridith Perkins, and Scott Zeidler found this tree when they were remeasuring the existing Alderleaf Mountain Mahogany Champion. The trees are in close proximity to one another, located up Neff's canyon trail above a pile of mine tailings north of creek.

These trees are located in overlapping habitat for two mountain mahogany species: alderleaff (Cerocarpus montanus) and curlleaf (Cerocarpus ledifolius). There is some debate that these co-champion alderleaf specimens are actually a hybrid between the two species. Though the physical appearance of the tree clearly identifies it as an alderleaf mountain mahogany, however on a re-measurement visit in March of 2013, the trees were discovered to be semi-evergreen. This is a characteristic of the genetically larger curlleaf mountain mahogany; alderleaf mountain mahogany typically loose all their leaves in the winter.

Author Meridith Perkins