Common Alder Trees - Alnus glutinosa

The Common Alder (Alnus glutinosa) tree widely seen in the countryside thrives in moist to wet and marshy ground and is a common inhabitant along rivers and streams. Nodules on the roots of the Alder tree harbour bacteria that fix nitrogen allowing it to thrive and flourish in wet areas, making it a valuable species for enriching poor wet ground. The Alder is considered a "core magical tree" with many magical as well as medicinal properties.

The Alder bares a pretty woody fruit that looks very similar to small cones.

The current height of our Alder trees is approximately 30-50cm and they can be planted out all year round. The Common Alder can grow up to 20m but is generally not considered a big tree.

  • Plant in wet, dry and exposed sites
  • Likes most moist soil types
  • Thrives by river banks and streams
  • Spread across the British Isles



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