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River Alder vs Sandbar Willow

Alnus incana

Salix exigua

River Alder
Sandbar Willow

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.

Sandbar Willow is a deciduous species native to much of North America. This mid-sized, fast-growing shrub can be found in very wet areas, making it an ideal plan to use in a wet area with erosion risk.

Sandbar Willow has long, narrow green leaves, and its grassy narrow stems give it an attractive, bamboo-like appearance.

All willow are important to native pollinators each spring as they have higher amounts of pollen and nectar early each growing season when other food sources are scarce.

RIVER ALDER QUICK FACTS

SANDBAR WILLOW QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 2a
Height: 8 m (25 ft)
Height: 4 m (13 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Moisture: normal, wet
Moisture: any
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: yellow to orange
Fall colour: yellow
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: medium







Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: no
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes