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Alnus glutinosa (Common Alder)

Type Tree, Hedging & Screening, Deciduous
Form Compact Rounded Tree
Size Medium Sized Tree (3 to 8m height)
Colours Medium green Foliage
Care Low/Easy Maintenance - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Alnus glutinosa - Cultivation Notes

This tree can be planted into permenantly wet soil, even rivers edge. Tolerating the poorest of soils - wether dry or wet - alder is a tough fast grower that can be grown as a standard tree or be cut back to form a thicket. Ideal as screening on wet soils in full sun or part shade.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Alnus glutinosa:

  • Attracts wildlife to feed or nest
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Tolerates permanently wet soil
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations
  • Suitable for hedging or topiary
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils

Weaknesses of Alnus glutinosa

  • Does not produce showy attractive flowers

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