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Alnus incana Aurea


Grey alder

A slow growing tree with year round colour

A beautiful medium-sized tree providing year round structure and colour. The golden bark and red-tinted catkins contrast well with the dark cones in winter, and the yellow-green new shoots provide further colour as the fresh leaves emerge.


The golden leaves add brightness to a landscape, especially against a darker background.


An ideal tree for difficult sites, especially wet or cold situations. Often seen growing along the bank of a stream or river. Slow to moderate growth rate and it never gets too large.

Golden Alder combines well with the coloured stems of Cornus, Salix and various birches to liven up a winter garden

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - April
Evergreen No
Plant height 1000 cm - 1200 cm
Plant width 500 cm - 800 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 1200 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Garden edging, Wildlife garden

Check store availability

Alnus inc aurea 12 l £44.99 Check Stock

Typically available

From April to September