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Green Alder vs Staghorn Sumac

Alnus crispa

Rhus typhina

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Green Alder
Staghorn Sumac

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.

Staghorn Sumac is a popular ornamental shrub with red velvet like antlers that produce seeds that provide nice winter interest for landscapers and gardeners.

This low-maintenance plant is a great addition to any garden it is also used in shelterbelts.

GREEN ALDER QUICK FACTS

STAGHORN SUMAC QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 4a
Height: 7 m (23 ft)
Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Moisture: any
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Flowers: small, green-yellow
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: short
Life span: short
Suckering: high
Suckering: low

In row spacing: 0.9 m (3 ft)

Between row spacing: 5 m (16 ft)



Other Names: mountain alder, sitka alder
Other Names: stags horn sumach, velvet sumac