Alder (Alnus incana) [1 of 3]

Our native Alder is a moderately small sized tree with a narrow crown and short, spreading branches. It grows extensively in damp places alongside streams, rivers, ponds and lakes as well as marshy areas.

This is just one of many trees by the marsh at Upton Country Park where the water is, of course saline, so it seems to be tolerant of salt.

In some boggy areas it grows in great perfusion and forms the habitat commonly called Alder Carr.

Alder is rarely planted as it has little forestry value although wood turners quite like it because the wood is both strong yet easily worked.

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