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Red Alder (Alnus rubra)

Originating from the West Coast of America Red Alder is extremely sought after due to its diverse uses including medicine, dye, fish smoking and more! Scientists also use the tree as an environmental indicator for ozone issues.

The size of each plant is between 15 – 50cm in height from the root plug.

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  • Product Description

    This hardy tree is native to the coastal regions of North and West America, where it is usually seen growing next to Douglas fir and Sitka spruce. British Columbia is the origin of red alder, a tree that grows extremely quickly. In America, red alder wood is prized for furniture, but in Britain, it is rarely used to make boards large enough.

    Red Alder is also a great tree for erosion control on slopes and other elevated areas. This is due to its roots containing nitrogen-fixing nodules which add nitrogen into the surrounding soil. Making it an ideal tree to plant for conservation purposes. It is also a great species for costal gardens. Red Alder also acts as a source of food and shelter for a very diverse range of wildlife including 200+ species of caterpillars.


    Tree attributes

    • Requires little pruning
    • Grows very fast
    • Can grow upwards of 20 metres
    • Early pollinator for bees
    • Adds nitrogen to soil
  • Our Commitment

    Our trees are planted, grown and cared for on site. This means, once the seeds are delivered to us we plant them, establish them in our polytunnels and then harden them off. The trees you are delivered have been with us since seed and we look after them until the moment they leave.

    Every tree is handpicked and packaged with the utmost care and attention to ensure your trees are delivered fighting fit to help against climate change. 

    For more information, please visit the About Us page

  • Deliveries

    All postage and packaging charges for products delivered to the Mainland UK are included within the price. Additional charges apply for Northern Ireland, The Highlands & Scottish Isles, The Channel Islands, Scilly Isles & Isle of Man when ordering more than 8 trees.

    As a guide, orders for 8 plants or more will be sent via a courier, 8 plants or fewer will be sent by Royal Mail.

    For more information, please visit the Delivery page

  • Refunds

    Your happiness is our business and that is why we individually check every single tree that we send out. If you have a concern about your tree, please get in touch with us within 7 days so that we can diagnose the issue. Very rarely, we might ask you to send the tree back to us in secure packaging to help us identify the issue but often we can identify the issue with photographs.

    For more information, please visit the Refunds page

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