Alnus glutinosa ‘Aurea’ Alnus

Alnus

Description: Alnus glutinosa 'Aurea' has yellow leaves in May through to June maturing to green. Ideal tree for damp areas prone to waterlogging, more ornamental than the native tree. Catkins borne in March and small cone-like fruits in autumn. Has many uses for making clogs, boats, building materials, gun powder charcoal, poles for fencing (also used for the underpinning of Venice), tanning and pigments of hides and for the treatment of malaria and rheumatism.

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

  • Leaf colour: Green
  • M Size: Medium
  • Fruit for wildlife
  • Growth rate: Fast
  • Can be hard pruned
  • Wet tolerant

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