Common Black Alder Trees

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Alnus glutinosa - Standard

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SIZES 1-2 3-910+
6/8 std Bareroot Out of Stock £34.20Out of Stock£30.60Out of Stock£27.54
8/10 std Bareroot Out of Stock £55.20Out of Stock£46.80Out of Stock£40.80
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Alnus Glutinosa

Alnus glutinosa is a native tree that loves growing in wet, boggy soil. Young plants are slender and have a narrow canopy; mature old trees can spread quite a bit. Alnus glutinosa has mid-green leaves, yellow catkins in spring and seed-bearing cones in the autumn, which are food for small birds. The catkins are wind-pollinated, but they still provide a source of protein-rich pollen for bees early in the year, when there isn't much else available. Note on Alder roots: Alder has invasive roots that can break old water pipes and damage the foundations of old buildings or walls. 15 metres away from vulnerable structures is a safe distance to plant Alder. New build, concrete foundations are not at risk. Common Alder trees can reach a height of about 25 metres.

Standard trees are the largest size that we deliver; you can also buy Common Alder saplings here. Browse our variety of alder trees or see our full range of garden trees for sale.

How Standard Trees are Measured: All our standards, are graded by their girth in centimetres 1 metre above ground level (basically, their trunk's waist measurement). They aren't measured by their height, which will vary. So, a 6/8 standard has a trunk with a circumference of 6-8 centimetres and an 8/10 standard has a trunk 8-10 centimetres around. This measurement makes no difference to the tree's final height. Standard trees are 2.5 - 4.5 metres tall (on average) when they arrive; they are the most mature trees that you can buy from us.

History & uses of Alnus glutinosa: 

Alnus glutinosa is a classic pioneer tree that is often used in reclaiming sites with especially poor soils, due to the bacteria living in nodules in its roots. These bacteria fix nitrogen from the air into the soil, improving it for other plants.

  • Small box

    (Orders containing only bulbs, seedlings or rooted cuttings)

    £7.20

    including VAT per order

    FREE

    For ORDERS
    Over £60 inc VAT

  • Standard box

    (Bareroots up to
    1.2m)

    £11.40

    including VAT per order

    FREE

    For ORDERS
    Over £60 inc VAT

  • Large box

    (Pots up to
    and incl. 7.5L)

    £15.00

    including VAT per order

    FREE

    For ORDERS
    Over £100 inc VAT

  • Trees & Hedging

    (Bareroots &
    trees 1.2m+)

    £18.00

    including VAT per order

    FREE

    For ORDERS
    Over £120 inc VAT

  • Pallets

    (Root balls, large pots,
    trees etc)

    £60.00

    including VAT per order

    FREE

    For ORDERS
    Over £240 inc VAT


Bareroot planting is best done between October and April
Bareroot and potted - what's the difference?

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