Golden Alder, Large Trees

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Misc RHS AGM
Shade Full Sun, Partial Shade
Area Coastal Areas, Exposed Windy Areas, Frost Pockets, Scotland & The North
Soil Good, Well Drained, Alkaline/Chalky, Poor/Dry, Wet
Type Screening
Also Good Autumn Colour

Alnus incana Aurea (Standard)

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SIZES 1-2 3-910+
8/10cm Girth Standard. Bareroot Available to order - delivery from November£79.98Available to order - delivery from November£74.94Available to order - delivery from November£69.96
6/8cm Girth Standard. Bareroot Available to order - delivery from November£69.96Available to order - delivery from November£64.98Available to order - delivery from November£59.94
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Alnus incana Aurea: Golden Alder. Standard Size Trees

The Golden Alder, Alnus incana Aurea, is a beautiful ornamental variety of Grey Alder, smaller and tidier than the wild species, without their strong suckering habit. Its season of interest is mainly spring. The bare branches are decked for about 3 weeks with sumptuous pink catkins in February-March, which provide food for hungry bees. The leaves appear in a verdant display of pale yellow-green that contrasts nicely with the catkins, which keep their pink hue until early summer. In winter, the new, reddish-yellow twigs provide a small touch of colour.

Unlike the wild Alders, Golden Alder is quite slow growing and relatively small, suitable for the average sized garden where it can reach a maximum height of 10 metres, with quite a compact, naturally pyramid/egg shaped canopy, not more than 5 metres wide.

Browse our other alder trees or all our garden trees.

Features:

  • Beautiful early spring display of pink catkins
  • Very compact and tidy compared to wild alders
  • New growth provides a little colour in winter
  • Thrives on wet soils with good sun
  • Fixes nitrogen
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit

Growing Golden Alder

It especially loves wet, even waterlogged sites with heavy soil, but it is extremely hardy and will grow in practically any soil as long as it has plenty of sun. It likes chalk, but is not recommended for rocky sites with shallow topsoil. It is highly pollution tolerant, but won't be happy embedded in a pavement or anywhere with paving slabs around it. 

It can grow quite close to the coast where salt winds blow, but it needs deep, rich soil to establish well enough to resist extreme winds.

Did You Know?

Bred in Germany in 1892. Like the other Alders, the roots of this tree will improve the soil around it by fixing inert, atmospheric Nitrogen available into water-soluble compounds.

Standard trees are measured by their girth in centimetres 1 metre above ground level: their trunk's waist measurement. Unlike sapling trees and hedge plants, standards aren't measured by their height, which will vary quite a bit both between and within species.
So, a 6/8cm standard tree has a trunk with a circumference of 6-8cm and an 8/10 standard has a trunk 8-10cm around. This measurement makes no difference to the tree's final height.
On average, standard trees are 2-3.5 metres tall when they arrive, but we cannot tell you precisely how tall your trees will be before we deliver them.

  • Small Box

    Small box

    (Orders containing only seedlings or rooted cuttings)

    £7.20

    including VAT per order

    FREE

    For ORDERS
    Over £60 inc VAT

  • Standard box

    (Bareroots up to
    1.2m & plants in p9 pots)

    £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

    (Bareroot plants and trees
    over 1.2 metres in height)

    £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

  • *Delivery to mainland Britain & the Isle of Wight ONLY. Surcharges to the Isle of Wight and some areas of Scotland apply.


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

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