Alnus serrulata

hazel alder, smooth alder


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Plant Specifics

Form: shrub
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 5-30 ft    Width: 5-10 ft
Flower Color: flower color      yellow
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Showy flowers, interesting bark


Recommended Uses: Informal specimen plant or could be used as a mass planting or hedge in moist areas. It is usually a multi-stemmed tall shrub.
Considerations: None
Propagation: From seed or division.
Availability: Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Friends
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Moderately salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam
Soil pH Range: Acidic


Native Habitats: Swamps, river floodplains.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

It forms root nodules with a symbiont fungus to fix its own nitrogen; so it grows well in poor or sterile soil. Its persistent fruit looks like a very small pine cone.