Grey Alder - Alnus incana

    Description

    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
    Habitat

    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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map