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Yellow Twig Dogwood vs River Alder

Cornus sericea Flaviramea

Alnus incana

Yellow Twig Dogwood
River Alder

Yellow Twig Dogwood is a small deciduous shrub with attractive, bright yellow bark.

It features delicate white, star-shaped flowers and white fruit. It is often used as a screen, and its wide-spreading roots help stabilize areas experiencing soil erosion.

Yellow Twig Dogwood complements Red Osier Dogwood, and it is a great filler to add winter color to shrub and flower gardens.

River Alder is a large shrub or small tree with a multi-stemmed, spreading habit. A shrub native to the boreal forests across North America, River Alder is an excellent tree for soil stabilization near rivers and creeks.

This tree is recognizable by its small brown seed cones and smooth, silver-grey bark with white horizontal lenticels. Unlike Green Alder, River Alder's seed pods are long and hang off short branches.

Unlike the other alder varieties, River Alder is attractive enough to be included in riverside plantings by municipal and provincial park organizations.

YELLOW TWIG DOGWOOD QUICK FACTS

RIVER ALDER QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 1a
Height: 2.1 m (7 ft)
Height: 8 m (25 ft)
Spread: 2.1 m (7 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Moisture: normal, wet
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: yellow
Fall colour: yellow to orange
Bark: twigs are green in summer and turn golden yellow in fall/winter
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Suckering: low
Suckering: none
Pollution tolerance: high
Pollution tolerance: medium

In row spacing: 0.9 m (3 ft)

Between row spacing: 5 m (16 ft)





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