Alder - Alnus glutinosa

    Alternative names
    Common Alder

    Tree or shrub to 20m. Leaves roundish, blunt ovate. Male catkins yellow, female flowers purplish, appearing before the leaves. Fruiting catkins cone like.

    Identification difficulty

    By water.

    When to see it

    February to April.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Fairly common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 287 of the 617 tetrads.

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    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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