Red Alder

Alnus rubra
  • Hul’qumi’num Name:  kwulala’ulhp
  • Description: Deciduous tree growing 15-25m tall. Gray bark with patches of white lichen. As it matures the base becomes scaly. Flowers in the form of catkins produce small brown cones.
  • Habitat: A pioneer species – prefers moist to wet soils, but is quite adaptable.
  • Pair with: Salmonberry, thimbleberry, hardhack, highbush-cranberry, and black hawthorn.
  • Fun Fact: Helpful in restoring disturbed sites, the roots of red alder form a symbiotic relationship with a nitrogen-fixing bacteria that aids in fertilizing the soil.

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