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River Alder vs Labrador Tea

Alnus incana

Ledum groenlandicum

River Alder
Labrador Tea

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.

Labrador Tea is slow-growing evergreen shrub native to the boreal forests of Canada.

It thrives in wet, swampy conditions.

Labrador Tea has narrow, leathery, dark green leaves, topped by a cluster of white flowers in the spring. It is a perfect ornamental shrub for boggy, wet areas of your property.

RIVER ALDER QUICK FACTS

LABRADOR TEA QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 1a
Height: 8 m (25 ft)
Height: 0.5 m (1.5 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 0.5 m (1.5 ft)
Moisture: normal, wet
Moisture: any
Light: full sun
Light: any
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: yellow to orange
Fall colour: rust orange
Flowers: clusters of tiny white flowers which are fragrant, sticky and attractive to insects
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: slow
Life span: short
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Suckering: none
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: medium




Toxicity: slightly toxic if ingested



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