Alnus incana 'Aurea'
grey alder 'Aurea'
'Aurea' is a large, conical, deciduous tree with yellow-green leaves. Conspicuous male catkins, to 10cm long, appear in spring. The smaller female catkins are followed by small, cone-like fruit that turn dark brown in autumn and persist into winter
Ultimate height8–12 metres
Time to ultimate height20–50 years
Ultimate spread4–8 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained, Poorly–drained, Well–drained
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
- Full sun
South–facing or North–facing or East–facing or West–facing
ExposureExposed or Sheltered
- Native to the UK
Alnus are vigorous deciduous trees and large shrubs with rounded leaves and often conspicuous catkins in winter
- Name status
How to grow
Able to thrive in poor, wet conditions but also tolerates dry soils
Propagate by hardwood cuttings
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Low Maintenance
- Hedging and screens
Susceptible to phytophthora root rot
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