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Green Alder vs Common Cattail

Alnus crispa

Typha latifolia

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Green Alder
Common Cattail

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.

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.

GREEN ALDER QUICK FACTS

COMMON CATTAIL QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 1a
Height: 7 m (23 ft)
Height: 2.4 m (8 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Moisture: any
Moisture: wet
Light: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Flowers: dense groups of tiny yellow and green flowers form in june-july
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: 50 years
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: high
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: high

In row spacing: 0.9 m (3 ft)

Between row spacing: 5 m (16 ft)



Other Names: mountain alder, sitka alder
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