western alder (Alnus incana)

several deeply veined serrated green leaves on a single branch

western alder


Common name: western alder
Botanical name: Alnus incana

Light: Full sun
Height: to 30 feet
Water: moderate, usually found along stream and river banks;    also lakeshores
Soil type: poor wet soils

Deciduous shrub, usually 15 feet, but sometimes taller, catkins appear in early spring followed by small cones; spreads via suckers; fast growing, excellent for erosion control along river banks and for nesting birds.


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