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Alder 40/60cm bare root

Alnus glutinosa

Alder 40/60cm bare root (Pre-Order Nov-19)

Alder 40/60cm bare root

Alnus glutinosa

Price: 1.49 (Including VAT at 20%)
The native Alder gets the glutinosa in its latin name from the stickyness of its buds and young leaves.More InformationMore Information
  • Average Growth Rate
  • Blue Flowers
  • Deciduous
  • Grows to 5m
  • Native
  • Planting Conditions: Sunny, wet or very wet soil, sheltered or exposed, coastal or inland
  • Growth Rate: Fast | 60cm+ a year
  • Height: up to 2-5m high

Product Details
Product Details

Alder Hedge Plant Description

It has many attractive aspects - long narrow male catkins in spring, tiny female woody cones which release seed in autumn but can stay on the plant longer - sometimes even more than one season (giving it some interest in mid winter), it is wildlife friendly (particularly for the caterpillars, butterflies and moths but also 90 insect species as well as small birds), but its greatest asset is its use near water and on very poor soil. It grows best in moist or even wet soil and will tolerate prolonged periods of standing in water up to 30cm deep.

Another great hedging plant for wet soils is Willow (Salix). It has a heavy, leafy canopy and the autumn leaf fall builds up the humus content of poor soil.

Alder is good at fixing atmospheric nitrogen not only for its own use but it also makes nitrogen available to other plants growing nearby. You can plant Alder as a single species hedge, or combine with other native species and allow them to receive the atmospheric benifits which Alder provides. It is good in all soils other than very alkaline, and in sun or semi shade and particularly good in coastal positions and due to its fast growth rate when young, it can be used to form an effective windbreak to protect other plants. Although deciduous, Alder keeps its leaves quite late, often into November.

If you still need help to decide which hedge is right for you, we'd recommend that you visit our Choosing the Right Species page which has suggestions and alternatives for every wish list or requirement.

Further Information
Further Information

You’ll see our recommended planting densities for each size and root type listed in the product grid. We suggest that you use these as a guide, taking into consideration how long you’re willing to wait to see your finished hedge. As a rough indication bare roots can be planted at anything from 3 to 7 per metre and cell grown between 4 and 6 - the higher densities here would need to be planted in a double staggered row or zig-zag.

For more information on planting distances please see our planting density advice section.

Pruning Advice
Pruning Advice

General hedge trimming should be done twice a year, once in early June and again in late September. It is important to prune at the right time, so as not to remove new growing shoots.

Delivery & Returns
Delivery & Returns

Free delivery is available on all orders providing they meet the minimum spend criteria for the size of box or pallet. Pallet deliveries and large box deliveries for tall plants are indicated by icons on the product table listings. Delivery costs and minimum order details for each packaging type are as follows:

Packaging TypeStandard Delivery ChargeMinimum Order Values (incl VAT) for FREE Delivery
Small Box12 delivery charge (orders up to 60 incl VAT) Orders of 60 and over - FREE
Large/Tall Box18 delivery charge (orders up to 120 incl VAT)Orders of 120 and over - FREE
Pallet60 delivery charge (orders up to 240 incl VAT)Orders of 240 and over - FREE

There are some exceptions to the standard delivery pricing structure, which relate to deliveries to more remote areas, overseas, or extremely tall plants requiring specialist delivery - for more information see the Delivery Information Page

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