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River Alder vs Witch Hazel

Alnus incana

Hamamelis virginiana

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River Alder
Witch Hazel

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.

Witch Hazel is a deciduous shrub, or small tree, with a short trunk, bearing numerous spreading, crooked branches.

The seeds grow in a long, wooden pod with two to four seeds per pod. Upon ripening, the pods burst, firing the seeds up to 30km an hour.

The leaf and bark extract of Witch Hazel has been used as a remedy to common ailments such as inflammation, bruises and much more for many centuries.

RIVER ALDER QUICK FACTS

WITCH HAZEL QUICK FACTS

Lowest Price: $12.99
Zone: 1a
Zone: 3a
Height: 8 m (25 ft)
Height: 6 m (20 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Moisture: normal, wet
Moisture: wet
Light: full sun
Light: any
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: yellow to orange
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: slow
Life span: short
Life span: long
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium