Grey Alder - Alnus incana


Tree or shrub to 10 metres with smooth grey bark. Young shoots hairy. Leaves oval-lanceolate, pointed, downy and grey beneath. Fruiting catkins cone like.

Identification difficulty

Grows in drier habitats than Common Alder and is often planted.

When to see it

Spring and summer.

Life History

Deciduous tree.

UK Status

Widespread in Britain, usually as planted stock.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland usually as a result of planting. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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