Plant family: Betulaccae - Birch
Plant type: Tree
Plant origin: N/A, California
Clay, Decomposed Granite, Sand, Sandy Loam, Adaptable
Tolerant of Clay Soil
The White Alder is a fast-growing, deciduous tree with smooth whitish to gray bark growing quickly to 30 feet then more slowly to 60 feet tall. This tree provides plentiful shade and a lush green look to your landscape in summer, with interesting silvery bark showing through in the winter. The leaves are ovate in shape, dark green above and lighter beneath about 1 1/2 to 4 inches long. Greenish-yellow catkins appear in the fall. This is a nitrogen fixing plant, and is very useful in wet areas of the landscape.
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