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Sandbar Willow vs Green Alder

Salix exigua

Alnus crispa

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Sandbar Willow
Green Alder

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.

Green Alder is a cold hardy, native shrub. It is often planted on infertile sites so it can fix nitrogen from the air and improve the soil quality.

Green Alder is known for its smooth grey bark and attractive shiny green leaves; it is commonly used in reclamation.

SANDBAR WILLOW QUICK FACTS

GREEN ALDER QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 1a
Height: 4 m (13 ft)
Height: 7 m (23 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Moisture: any
Moisture: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: any
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Catkins: yes
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: 50 years
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: medium
Suckering: high
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: medium


In row spacing: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Between row spacing: 5 m (16 ft)



Other Names: mountain alder, sitka alder


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