A dense, fast-growing deciduous tree with glossy bright green heart-shaped leaves. Yellow-brown catkins in spring before the leaves appear followed in autumn by small cone like seeds that are loved by birds. Like all alders it is happy in wet ground but the Italian alder will also tolerate dryer conditions. It will even be happy in coastal situations where it withstands wind and salt-laden air. A good wind break tree.
Planting Italian Alder
Will grow in most soils, including chalk but loves heavy clay and, or damp ground.
Ensure that the planting hole is wide enough to spread out the roots without bending.
Mulch around the sapling leaving a good couple of inches around the stem to ensure good air circulation.
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