Alnus glutinosa Hedge Plant Description
Alder hedging is a fast-growing deciduous hedge plant that boasts long catkins in the springtime and small, woody cones throughout the autumn. Alder has a dense, leafy screen that means it makes a wonderful habitat for wildlife such as butterflies and birds, as well as caterpillars, moths and more than 90 other insect and small bird species.
As well as being wildlife-friendly, Alder hedging is a fantastically adaptable plant that can thrive in wet and poor-quality soils - it can even tolerate prolonged periods standing in water of up to 30cm deep. This means it is a good choice for coastal positions and other waterside locations, such as around lakes and rivers. If your garden has a tendency to become waterlogged, Alder is a perfect choice of hedge.
Alder prefers sun or semi-shaded conditions for optimum growth and makes an effective screen to shield other plants from harsh weather conditions. Due to its dense foliage, Alder makes a highly effective windbreak.
Alder hedging can be planted as a single-species hedge or can be combined with other native species. Alder converts nitrogen from the air into soil-based nitrates, that can fertilise both the Alder hedging itself and the plants around it, which is why it thrives even in poor soils.
If you still require help on choosing the right hedge plant for your outdoor area, please call Hedges Direct on 01257 263 873 or email [email protected]
Youll 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 youre 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.
General hedge trimming of Alder should be done in late autumn. It is important to prune Alder at the right time, so as not to remove new growing shoots. Unusually, although deciduous, Alder is actually starting to develop new growth through the latter part of the winter months (even though you can't visibly see it) when other deciduous plants are still dormant and so unlike other deciduous species for which pruning is ideal at this time, Alder needs trimming a little earlier in the year.
Pruning in late autumn when the plant has stopped growing will also prevent sap bleeding which can happen if the plant is still in a growth phase. This has a tendency to attract bugs which may bring disease so should be avoided to ensure you keep plants healthy.
Free delivery is available on most orders (except Premium Products) 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 Type||Standard Delivery Charge||Minimum Order Values (incl VAT) for FREE Delivery|
|Standard Boxes (Bare roots up to 1.2m tall and pots up to and incl. 7.5L)||£7.99 delivery charge (orders up to £100 incl VAT) ||Orders of £100 and over - FREE|
|Tall Boxes (Bare roots 1.2m and over)||£14.99 delivery charge (orders up to £100 incl VAT) ||Orders of £100 and over - FREE|
|Pallets (Root balls, large pots (10L+), trees etc)||£60.00 delivery charge (orders up to £350 incl VAT)||Orders of £350 and over - FREE|
|Pleached Trees (Specialist Delivery)||£450.00 delivery charge (orders up to £1500 incl VAT)||Orders of £1500 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 or large plants requiring specialist delivery - for more information see the Delivery Information Page. (Please note that due to new Brexit rules, we are currently unable to export to both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.).
Delivery Time - Please note that delivery times are currently 3-7 days excluding bank holidays. *Some troughs and trees may take up to 14 days delivery. We are working through existing orders as quickly as possible to deliver new orders within this timescale.
It's Convenient - no need to wait in all day to sign, we don't need a signature (the odd, larger order may require a signature but will be delivered at a mutually agreeable time).
It's Tried & Tested - we use only couriers who have shown consistency in their efficiency & care.
* Please note that delivery costs are based on the final order amount in your cart after any discounts have been applied.
Hedges Direct 12 Month Plant Guarantee
Our plants are guaranteed for 12 months after delivery subject to specific criteria. Visit our Hedges Direct Plant Guarantee Page for full details.
Nominated Day Delivery
Choose a delivery day that suits you with our new Nominated Day Delivery option at checkout. Whilst our standard no signature delivery means you don't need to take time away from other committments to receive your order, we understand that there are times our customers want to make sure they are present to accept delivery, either to plant straight away or to store somewhere safe and out of the way until you're ready to plant.
For an additional fee, you can make sure that your order arrives on the exact day you want it. Please note that this is additional charge to all qualifying orders, including those above the free delivery threshold for Standard Delivery.
Our Nominated Day Delivery is available year-round on the weekdays Tuesdays to Fridays, excluding the day after any bank holiday.
Some products are sent direct from our suppliers and as such are not available for Nominated Day Delivery. These include:- Cell Grown Hedging Plants- Instant Trough Grown Hedging Plants- Instant Hedging Screens- Premium Root Balls (250cm and above in height)- Turf
To book your Nominated Day Delivery for farther ahead than the 3 week window available online, please contact our Sales & Advice team to discuss your options.