Alder Tree

Alder Tree

The alder (Alnus glutinosa) is a tree common along streams, rivers and water logged soils. In winter next seasons red female catkins and long male catkins become conspicuous.

It was once coppiced for charcoal, and if it was grinded with sulphur and salt urine it would make the finest gunpowder.

When the tree is cut the inner bark is a red, orange colour, it was believed that it lurked evil because of the colour and its appearance of bleeding.

Credit: Information and photo kindly supplied by Peter Dowse of Bollington, Cheshire