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River Alder vs Silverberry (Wolf Willow)

Alnus incana

Elaeagnus commutata

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River Alder
Silverberry (Wolf 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.

Silverberry (also known as Wolf Willow) is a common native North American shrub. This beautiful ornamental plant has characteristic silver leaves and fragrant yellow flowers.

Its silver berries remain on the branches through the winter. Silverberry is cold hardy and has some ability as a nitrogen fixer. It can grow on dry to moist sandy/gravel soils. This plant is very low maintenance.

RIVER ALDER QUICK FACTS

SILVERBERRY (WOLF WILLOW) QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 1a
Height: 8 m (25 ft)
Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 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
Berries: silver, edible
Flowers: yellow
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: short
Life span: short
Suckering: none
Suckering: high





Other Names: american silverberry, silver berry, wolf willow