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  1. #1
    Sapling
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    Black Alder

    Does anyone have any opinion on Alnus glutinosa? I planted a large 5 gal. container grown tree last fall and like it's looks and the fact that it grows in the wet, windy area in my yard. Have a chance to buy 1-2 ft seedlings in lots of 10 from SWCD this spring. I realize it is non native, but anything else I've tried there just drowns and I want to stay away from willow trees.
    Anything on this one, good or bad?

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    Oak
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    RE: Black Alder

    Black alders will colonize quickly once seed production begins, so they'll tend to take over the area. Be ready to control it. Other than that, I don't have anything against them, really. If you're thining of alternatives, what about bald cypress?

  3. #3
    Sapling
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    RE: Black Alder

    Thank you for the tip. It will be OK if they spread. Less soppy lawn to mow and we have plenty of room. I did consider bald cypress but they are not as available as the alders. Have planted Dawn Redwood (got 10 for $35) but the jury is still out on their hardiness on my property. Tips wither over the winter as the wind may drop my Zone 5 down to a 4 in the open areas. Hate to deal with the mess that will cause when they get bigger.
    I can get 10, 1-2" black alder seedlings for $13. I just hope I'm not getting myself into something that will be an eyesore down the road.

  4. #4
    Oak
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    RE: Black Alder

    Assuming you like the look of a stand of black alder go for it. Only way I can figure it would turn into an eye sore is if some bug, fungus, or disease comes by that wipes them out and leaves you with a row of dead trees. Way to fight against that is by not planting just one species. Bald cypress is a good choice. I think some of the more generic red maples have pretty good tolerance for wet soil as well.
    Zone 6, St. Louis, MO

  5. #5
    Sapling
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    RE: Black Alder

    I have never seen a stand of black alder, that i know of. Could only find pictures of single trees on the 'net and in books. Yes, I believe in diversifying. Got some red maple bare root seedlings last year and they are doing OK. Critters haven't bothered them but I wonder abut black alder. Read somewhere that bunnies like them. We have too many bunnies who have eaten alot of my plantings out in the yard away from the house, which is where the wet areas are.

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