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River Alder vs Creeping Juniper

Alnus incana

Juniperus horizontalis

River Alder
Creeping Juniper

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.

Creeping Juniper is a native coniferous shrub. This hardy evergreen is very commonly used by landscapers to provide texture and ground cover beneath larger trees.

Creeping Juniper typically stays under 18 inches in height and, while it will spread, the rate is very manageable.

RIVER ALDER QUICK FACTS

CREEPING JUNIPER QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 2a
Height: 8 m (25 ft)
Height: 0.3 m (1.0 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 2.1 m (7 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: green
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: short
Life span: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: none
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: high







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