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River Alder vs Common Cattail

Alnus incana

Typha latifolia

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River Alder
Common Cattail

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.

Cattail is found all across North America, growing next to water. Like other waterside plants, Cattail provides erosion control and forage for animals.

It is suitable for land reclamation. Cattail is able to tolerate cold weather and occasional flooding.

RIVER ALDER QUICK FACTS

COMMON CATTAIL QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 1a
Height: 8 m (25 ft)
Height: 2.4 m (8 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Moisture: normal, wet
Moisture: wet
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: yellow to orange
Flowers: dense groups of tiny yellow and green flowers form in june-july
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: short
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: high





Other Names: baco, bulrush, cat o nine tails, cossack asparagus, flag, reed mace, rush


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