Alnus incana ‘Aurea’ Alder

Description: Alnus incana ‘Aurea’ is a large, conical, deciduous tree with yellowish green leaves. Male catkins appear in the spring which can be up to 10cm long. The smaller female catkins are followed by small, cone-like dark brown fruit in the winter. A very hardy and resilient tree that grows well in damp positions. Stunning glossy, bright golden bark provides an extra beautiful feature to this tree in winter.

History: Raised in 1860. Received a First Class Certificate from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1867.

Alnus Growing Tips: Will tolerate almost any soil condition except shallow chalk. Fast and easy to grow, thriving even in waterlogged soil. Excellent for shelter belts. Respond well to coppicing and heavy pruning at any stage. Should be encouraged as shelter trees on poorland as they are effective nitrogen fixers for other symbiotic plant life.

Height and Spread (after 10 years) : 6m x 4m

Attributes

  • Deciduous
  • Growth rate: Fast
  • L Size: Large
  • Tree shape: Standard
  • Leaf colour: Yellow
  • Attractive bark
  • Fruit for wildlife
  • Can be hard pruned
  • Wet tolerant
  • Award-winning

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