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