Speckled or Grey Alder Tree – Small deciduous native tree – (up to 25′)
Larval Host of Comma Butterfly; Nitrogen Fixing for improving health of wooded soils.
Likes moist soil, great for edges of water. If trimmed, Alder can form a thicket. Acts as a nice layer in establishing forest gardens as it is a smallish tree as well.
Bark was boiled to make medicinal teas for treating rheumatism. It was also applied to wounds as a poultice to reducing bleeding and swelling. A dark dye can be extracted from the bark for tanning and staining hides.
All of our plants and seedlings are grown organically and are timed size-wise and transplanted for optional growth and production.