Alder (Alnus glutinosa)
Common Alder, Alnus glutinosa, is a fast growing neatly shaped tree which loves wet sites and supports over 90 animal species, including many garden moths. Alder has colourful yellow catkins in spring and cones in the winter, which attract birds, particularly Goldfinches. It needs moist soil of any type other than acid peats, and is commonly found in wet woods, fens, and streamsides - so numbers have fallen due to drainage and reclamation schemes. Italian Alders, which need less damp, are now often planted instead of our own Common Alder.
The Alder's quick growth and the fact it carries its leaves late make it a good screen tree, and helpful in many environments. It was traditionally coppiced to make clogs or charcoal for gunpowder, and as the timber doesn?t rot it was often used for piles. In Ireland, Alder was much favoured, and used to make milking pails. Its bark was used to make a cheap black dye. Alder was also said to attract woodworm over other types of wood ! Today it has a variety of uses, including tool handles. It fixes nitrogen and is a very unfussy tree, tolerant of pollution and waterlogging, so useful as a pioneer species. We include Alder trees in our collection of trees for wet ground.
Provenance certificates are available on request for the smaller size trees, which are all guaranteed sourced from the West of England.
Smaller Sizes Supplier: Perrie Hale Nursery
Standards Supplier: R.V.Roger
We donate 50% of our profit on Alders to The Tree Council
Please note that standard sizes relate to tree girths in cm. See our size guide for details and tips on planting Alder trees.
These Alder trees are bare root, and are consequently available for delivery from November until March. During the lifting season there may be up to two weeks delay between placing the order and dispatching, due to weather conditions or pressure of orders, which are dealt with in date sequence. Orders placed for Alders between March and October are confirmed for dispatch from November.