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Common Alder

Alnus glutinosa

Plant Data

Order:
Fagales
Family:
Betulaceae (Birch)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Yellow and pendulous (male catkins). Green and oval (female catkins). Male and female catkins present on same tree, and grouped in clusters of 3-8 on each stalk.
Fruit:
In winter the catkins turn into hard, dark, cone-like fruit which eventually release the seeds.
Leaves:
Deciduous. Round, dark green, leathery, smooth, serrated edges.
Maximum Size:
20 meters tall.
Foraging Notes:
The catkins are edible and are high in protein.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Habitats:
Riverbanks, waterside, woodland.