Italian Alder - Alnus cordata

    Description

    A tree with glossy green leaves that have heart shaped bases. It bears cones and catkins typical of the Alder family.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Often planted in parks and on roadsides.

    When to see it

    Catkins appear in spring.

    Life History

    Deciduous.

    UK Status

    Widespread around Britain as a planted tree.

    VC55 Status

    Often planted on road verges and in parks in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map