Alnus incana subsp. rugosa (Speckled alder)

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Alnus incana subsp. rugosa (Speckled alder) is a native shrub of bogs so it does prefer slightly acidic soils that are wetter.   The tree has early spring flowers that are interesting, but not really showy to the layperson. This plant spreads through rhizomes (roots) and can be used quite effectively in stream banks and floodplain plantings, where other species may be difficult to establish. However, be careful, it can be overly aggressive in small landscapes quickly forming thickets.  

  • Sun Exposure Full Sun, Part Sun
  • Soil Conditions Wet, Wet Mesic
  • Height 25-30'
  • Flower Color Red
  • Flower Time April, May

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