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Labrador Tea vs Green Alder

Rhododendron groenlandicum (Ledum groenlandicum)

Alnus crispa

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Labrador Tea
Green Alder

Labrador Tea is slow-growing evergreen shrub native to the boreal forests of Canada.

It thrives in wet, swampy conditions.

Labrador Tea has narrow, leathery, dark green leaves, topped by a cluster of white flowers in the spring. It is a perfect ornamental shrub for boggy, wet areas of your property.

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.

LABRADOR TEA QUICK FACTS

GREEN ALDER QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 1a
Height: 0.5 m (1.5 ft)
Height: 7 m (23 ft)
Spread: 0.5 m (1.5 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Moisture: any
Moisture: any
Light: any
Light: any
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: rust orange
Flowers: white, fragrant
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: fast
Life span: short
Life span: short
Suckering: none
Suckering: high


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

Toxicity: slightly toxic if ingested


Other Names: mountain alder, sitka alder