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Alnus serrulata

smooth alder


Smooth alder is a popular addition to wetland and streambank restorations and needs wet soils. It spreads rapidly by suckering. It also holds onto seed cones into the winter providing visual interest for people and a food source for animals.

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Height: 10-15 Feet
Spread: 8-15 Feet
Hardiness Zone: 4-9


Bloom Color: Insignificant

Characteristics & Attributes

Cultivation Status
Species
Exposure
Sun
Part Shade
Soil Moisture
Wet
Ecoregion
(83) Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands
(59) Northeastern Coastal Zone
(84) Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens
(82) Acadian Plains and Hills
(58) Northeastern Highlands
Ornamental Interest
Winter Interest and/or Evergreen
Attracts Wildlife
Other Pollinators/Wildlife
Host Plant
Additional Attributes
Low Maintenance
Erosion Control/Soil Stabilization
Landscape Use
Specimen
Naturalize
Rain Garden
Hedge/screening
Attractive Fall Foliage and/or Ornamental Fruit
Red to Purple Fall Foliage
Bright Yellow to Bronze Fall Foliage
Orange to Brown Fall Foliage
Growth Habit
Spreading/Suckering


North American Distribution