Alder, Common Alder

  • Alnus glutinosa on the Barcham Trees nursery

    Alnus glutinosa on the Barcham Trees nursery

  • new growth of the Alnus glutinosa

    new growth of the Alnus glutinosa

  • Catkins of the Alnus glutinosa

    Catkins of the Alnus glutinosa

  • 12-14cm girth Alnus glutinosa showing scale

    12-14cm girth Alnus glutinosa showing scale

  • close up of the cone like fruits of Alnus glutinosa

    close up of the cone like fruits of Alnus glutinosa

  • Alnus glutinosa as a multi-stem on the Barcham Trees nursery

    Alnus glutinosa as a multi-stem

  • Alnus glutinosa mult-stemmed

    Alnus glutinosa multi-stem will tolerate boggy land and river banks

Alnus glutinosa

Alnus glutinosa on the Barcham Trees nursery

Alnus glutinosa on the Barcham Trees nursery

Alnus glutinosa

Once used for the production of clogs in northern England, this medium sized native tree has a conical growth habit and produces yellow catkins in March.

Its natural habitat is boggy land and river banks however it is also very good for urban plantings as it thrives in all soils and tolerates air pollution.

Available as both multi-stemmed and single stem being a native tree it is a wonderful host to a wide range of wildlife.

It is a very useful variety to plant where the ground is liable to flood and survives many weeks with its roots underwater.

There was a scare about Alder being susceptible to Phytophthora along water courses up and down the country but this was highly overstated and Alnus glutinosa remains a vital inclusion to any native planting mix.

In its early years Common Alder can grow very quickly, sometimes putting on over two metres of growth in a single growing season when the availability of water coupled with high temperatures predominate. A great tree for use as a screen, it is often seen flanking orchards for this reason.

We stock these as both single or multi-stemmed.

Mature heights and crown spread can vary depending on environmental conditions

Mature height: 15-20m

Mature spread: 8-12m