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Speckled Alder

$79.99
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$79.99
This product does not ship to: Idaho
  • Partial Shade to Full Sun (At Least 3 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 12 - 15 Feet
  • Mature Spread 12 - 15 Feet
  • Growing Zones 3 - 8

Speckled Alder is a native on the east side of the Mississippi River and is common in areas with wet and sandy soils along streams and lakes. Alnus incana ssp. rugosa gets its common name from the white, raised lenticels on its dark-colored stems. This deciduous shrub has a glorious yellow fall color and brownish-colored catkins in spring that appear just before the leaves sprout. 

Speckled alder can be grown as a single-trunk tree or left to spread naturally by its underground suckers. Use its spreading to fill in large areas and form a windbreak or habitat for local wildlife. The leathery leaves support the caterpillars of the green comma butterfly, while other small animals and insects eat the bark, seeds, and wooly aphids that may attack this shrub. The wettest zones of a rain garden and along ponds or streams are ideal locations to plant speckled alder.

Speckled Alder Care

Speckled Alder prefers wet soil with an average or sandy texture. At least 6 hours of direct sun is preferred. This shrub is cold tolerant and grows well in USDA zones 3-6; however, it does not tolerate high heat and humidity south of zone 6. Speckled alder requires acidic soil and will show signs of chlorosis in a pH level above neutral (7.0). Fertilizing is not necessary. 

Pruning is only needed to control the spread and dense growth of speckled alder. Cut the oldest branches down to the base of the shrub in late winter, along with any dead, damaged, or diseased branches. Deadheading or thinning is not required when this shrub is grown to support wildlife habitat. Mulch the root zone annually with arborist chips or shredded leaves to improve moisture retention; this is especially beneficial for shrubs planted in drier locations of the garden. 

Speckled Alder Spacing

Speckled Adler can spread 12-15 feet, which means each shrub needs to be spaced 12 feet from the center of the next. You can plant the shrubs closer for quick cover; however, pruning will need to be done seasonally to ensure the area does not become overgrown.

Speckled Alder Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 - 8
Plant Type: Bushes
Light Exposure: Partial Shade to Full Sun (At Least 3 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 12 - 15 Feet
Mature Spread: 12 - 15 Feet
Spacing: 12 - 15 Feet
Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): Green
Flower Description: Green Shades
Bloom Period:
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description: Deep green on dark warty stems
Seasonal Interest: Fall Interest
Watering: High
Resists: N/A
Tolerates: N/A
Attracts: Butterflies
Container Role:
Uses: Borders, Windbreaks
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Foliage Interest, Fragrant
Brand:
Common Name: Speckled Alder
Other Name(s):
Scientific Name: Alnus incana subsp. rugosa
SKU:
1231002753-pc

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
 Volume:
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:
   Quart

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
 Volume:
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
 Volume:
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
 Volume:
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
 Volume:
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
 Volume:
   2.32-2.76 gallons


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