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Green Alder vs Witch Hazel

Alnus crispa

Hamamelis virginiana

Green Alder
Witch Hazel

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.

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.

GREEN ALDER QUICK FACTS

WITCH HAZEL QUICK FACTS

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Zone: 1a
Zone: 3a
Height: 7 m (23 ft)
Height: 6 m (20 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Moisture: any
Moisture: wet
Light: any
Light: any
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: slow
Life span: short
Life span: long
Suckering: high
Suckering: medium

In row spacing: 0.9 m (3 ft)

Between row spacing: 5 m (16 ft)



Other Names: mountain alder, sitka alder