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.