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Alnus glutinosa

Common alder

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Deciduous tree

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Anyone looking for a suitable tree for damp or wet soil will find the common alder makes an ideal choice. It makes a handsome, medium-sized tree that stands around 25m tall and is often grown as a multi-stemmed specimen. It has lustrous green leaves with serrated edges and attractive male catkins which decorate the bare branches from autumn to spring.

Family: Betulaceae

Genus: Alnus

Species: glutinosa

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist, Boggy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 2500cm

Spread: 100cm

Time to plant seeds: October to April

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