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Alnus incana ‘Aurea’

Grey alder

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Features

  • Blooms & FruitsFebruary & June
  • Height5m to 8m
  • Spread4m to 8m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourReddish-yellow to orange
  • Leaf ColourGolden yellow

Description

Alnus incana ‘Aurea’ (Grey alder). A deciduous, conical tree with reddish-yellow or orange shoots in winter and broadly oval, yellow leaves. In late winter and early spring, reddish-yellow or orange catkins are borne.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Tree

Origin

Europe

Interest and use

Often used in land reclamation in areas of dry and poor soil, such as old spoil heaps where it fixes nitrogen and consolidates the soil. Planted as windbreaks, hedging and useful for screening. An early source of pollen for bees and the 'cones' provide food for the birds.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Sandy, Poor quality, Chalky
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Is useful for cold, wet areas and poor soils.

Propagation

By seed or by hardwood cuttings.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Root rot.

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