Cercocarpus montanus A native shrub or small deciduous tree which is usually 3 to 12 feet tall. An adaptable species which occupies sites ranging from shallow-soiled, west facing ridges to deep, fertile canyon bottoms and north facing hillsides. The elevation range of Birchleaf mahogany lies between 4000 and 10000 feet. Big game and livestock utilize this specie as forage year round. Requires between 12 and 25 inches of annual precipitation.