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River Alder vs Sandbar Willow

Alnus incana

Salix exigua

NOT AVAILABLE THIS SEASON

NOT AVAILABLE THIS SEASON

(new stock expected: fall of 2019)

River Alder
Sandbar Willow

River Alder is a large shrub or small tree with a multi-stemmed, spreading habit. It is an excellent tree to plant if you want to stabilize the soil near rivers and creeks.

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
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