Frank P Matthews
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Alder Tree. Fast growing and tough trees that will tolerate any soil except shallow chalk. Thrives in damp ground, even waterlogged. Excellent for shelter belts and good for coppicing. Often seen along riverbanks.
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Conical shaped tree with dark fissured bark, dark green, serrated edged leaves. Catkins appear February-April
Yellow leaves in May, catkins in March and small cone-like fruits in autumn. Ideal for areas prone to waterlogging.
Cut Leaved Alder
The most ornamental and graceful form with deeply, fine cut leaves. Purple male catkins in autumn.
Hardy, graceful tree with finely cut, slate green foliage, turning yellow in autumn. Produces catkins and cones.
Deciduous tree with yellowish-green leaves. Ideal for coppicing. Stunning glossy, bright golden bark in winter.
Native to Japan, should make a multi-stemmed tree. Deciduous but leaves remain until December.
Long yellow catkins in spring, glossy serrated leaves in summer turning shades of yellow/orange in autumn.