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Green Alder vs Northern Bush Honeysuckle

Alnus crispa

Diervilla lonicera

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Green Alder
Northern Bush Honeysuckle

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.

The Northern Bush Honeysuckle is a small, dense, deciduous shrub. The trumpet-like yellow flowers bloom late spring to early summer. Dark green leaves turn yellow then red in the fall. The flower nectar has a sweet honey taste that can be sucked out of the flower.

Because of its aggressive suckering habit, the Northern Bush Honeysuckle makes a great hedge, shrub border, or thicket in a woodland garden.

GREEN ALDER QUICK FACTS

NORTHERN BUSH HONEYSUCKLE QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 3a
Height: 7 m (23 ft)
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Moisture: any
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: any
Light: shade, partial shade
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Flowers: yellow to red
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: very fast
Life span: short
Life span: short
Suckering: high
Suckering: high

In row spacing: 0.9 m (3 ft)

Between row spacing: 5 m (16 ft)



Other Names: mountain alder, sitka alder
Other Names: low bush honeysuckle