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Alnus glutinosa Growing Guide

How to Grow Common alder in your Garden

Common alder

Alnus glutinosa - Black Alder on a creek line photograph by Oor Woolie.


Quick Alnus glutinosa Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific name: Alnus glutinosa
  • Common Name: Common alder
  • Growing Zone (USA): 3 to 7
  • Life Cycle/Type: Tree

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 300 to 600
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 300 to 420
  • Time of Bloom: Spring
  • Color of Bloom: Purple, Red
  • Leaf Foliage Detail: Green
  • Growth Form: Oval, Pyramidal

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Partially shady to full sunlight
  • Rate of Growth: Average pace
  • Suitable Soil Types: Acidic, Alkaline, Clay, Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Slightly alkaline, Well drained
  • Moisture: Moist/Wet

Caring Conditions

  • Level of Maintenance: Low
  • Propagation: Seed or hard wood cuttings
  • How to Prune: Requires little to no pruning. In some cases hard pruning can be disruptive.
  • Pests: Can get alder sucker and leaf-mining sawflies
  • Diseases: Susceptible to Phytophthora

Further Information

  • Can Attact:
  • Tolerant of: Drought, Clay Soil, Wet Soil, Air Pollution
  • Best used in: Firewood, Areas requiring pest tolerance, Pollard, Screen
  • Miscellaneous : Non-native to North America, Naturalizing, Wetlands plant, Inconspicuous flowers or blooms
  • Genus Detail: Alnus
  • Further Reading: Here and Here



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