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ALNUS

Commonly known as Alder

Trees found on poor or wet soils throughout the northern hemisphere. Produces conspicuous male catkins and smaller female ones which develop into cone-like fruits. Some make excellent windbreaks.

Genus of about 35 species of deciduous trees and shrubs found throughout the northern hemisphere usually on poor or wet soils.

Alders are pioneer tree species and used for land reclamation. Their ability to fix nitrogen in the soil improves fertility for species following them.

Other uses include firebreaks and for the bodies of Fender electric guitars.

The majority of pilings on which Venice was built was alder wood.

The UK alder, glutinosa, is a useful wildlife plant. Caterpillars feed on the leaves, the flowers provide nectar and pollen for insects, the seeds are eaten by birds, especially redpolls and siskins, and the roots provide holts for otters.

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ALNUS cordata   AWARD

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Commonly known as: Italian alder.
conical-shaped tree with bright green glossy leaves
 
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ALNUS glutinosa

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Commonly known as: Black alder, Common alder.
yellow catkins in March, suitable as a windbreak especially in waterlogged areas
 
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ALNUS incana

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Commonly known as: European alder, Grey alder.
a very hardy plant which will prosper in the coldest, wettest position
 
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