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River Alder vs Russian Almond

Alnus incana

Prunus tenella

River Alder
Russian Almond

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.

Russian Almond is a low, suckering shrub. It is covered with attractive, bright pink flowers in early spring before its foliage emerges.

This hardy species forms dense thickets that wildlife will flock to for food and cover. Russian Almond prefers full sun and well-drained soils, but can tolerate moist soils.

RIVER ALDER QUICK FACTS

RUSSIAN ALMOND QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 2a
Height: 8 m (25 ft)
Height: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 1.2 m (4 ft)
Moisture: normal, wet
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: yellow to orange
Fall colour: yellow
Flowers: bright pink flowers in spring
Bark: smooth brick red bark
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: short
Life span: 20 years
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: high







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