Common Alder

Name: Common Alder

Scientific name: Alnus glutinosa

Category: Trees and bushes

Nature Stars: 30

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About: A common riverside tree.

How to identify: Alders are the only trees with both catckins and cones. Easily recognised by the combination of habitat, rounded leaves and purplish buds.

Where: Widespread.

Fantastic fact: Alder seeds are a favourite food for Siskins and Redpolls during the winter.

Photograph credit: Philip Precey

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