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Italian Alder

Alnus cordata

Plant Data

Order:
Fagales
Family:
Betulaceae (Birch)
Type:
Deciduous tree
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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Red, no petals
 
The male and female flowers appear on separate trees. The yellowish-brown male catkins are pendulous and borne in clusters of 3 to 6 and are up to 10cm long. The male catkins appear before the leaves appear, between February and April. The female flowers are short, erect and reddish, up to 1cm long.
Fruit:
The female flowers become woody and turn into the cone-like fruit. The fruit are overwintering. The cones are larger than most other Alder cone species, up to 2.5cm long.
Leaves:
A deciduous tree with dark green, alternate, glossy, heart-shaped leaves and finely serrated margins. Cordata (see Botanical Name) means 'heart-shaped'.
Maximum Size:
15 metres tall
Frequency (UK):
Common
Habitats:
Gardens, parkland, waterside, woodland.