Grey Alder Trees

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Alnus incana - 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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Out of Stock - Ordering from mid August

£33.30

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Alnus Incana

Alnus incana, the Grey alder, takes its name from its grey bark and the silvery-grey tint to its young leaves. In early spring, before the leaves appear, Grey alder produces yellow catkins with a pretty pink-red tinge and plump little green cones, which will mature and release seeds in autumn. Grey Alders is a relatively short-lived tree, usually dying after about 100 years. Its seedlings are extremely vigorous and can grow by up to a metre per year. Mature trees are fairly narrow and upright and are great for really wet soil and freezing cold sites. They need plenty of sun and will not grow on chalk or very acidic peat. Grey alder is a very vigorous tree that tends to grow lots of suckering shoots from its base, which provides cover for small animals. Like all the Alder family, this tree improves the soil around it by releasing soluble Nitrogen. Alnus incana can reach a height of about 30 metres, but 20 metres is more usual. Standard trees are the largest size that we deliver; you can also buy younger Grey Alder saplings here.
Grey Alder standards are also available as the ornamental cultivar Alnus incana 'Aurea'.

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 incana: 

This tree is native to Europe and Russia. Its most common natural habitat is along the banks of rivers. Alder trees are often planted on reclaimed sites where the soil is very poor or at risk of erosion. They improve the soil for other plants and their matted roots are good at holding loose soil together.

Grey alder wood isn't commercially useful, but it is very easy to carve. It is sometime called Speckled Alder.

  • 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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