Hazel Alder (Alnus serrulata)

Alnus serralata, tag alser.jpg
Alnus serralata, tag alser.jpg

Hazel Alder (Alnus serrulata)

15.75

Also know as tag or smooth alder, this is a multi-stemmed, suckering shrub reaching 10-20 ft. tall, with a picturesque habit and shiny gray-brown bark. Summer foliage is dark green and glossy, becoming yellow, tinged with red, in fall. The male catkins (flowers) are brownish-yellow, drooping clusters.  The females are bright red in upright clusters appearing in March to early April. The fruit resembles a small, woody cone and persists through February. It is native to boggy ground along streams, lakes and rivers, wetland margins, springs, spring-fed meadows, ditches and swampy fields from Nova Scotia to Illinois and Missouri south to eastern Texas and northern Florida.  It is the only alder native in southeastern United States, where it is common and widespread, forming thickets in wet areas.

Zone: 4-9

Light: sun to part shade

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