Native to island of Corsica as well as southern Italy, the Italian Alder, or Alnus Cordata, is best known for its beautiful foliage that glistens lush and green even during drought conditions. The bark and branching structure provide striking winter interest. Durable and trouble-free, the Italian Alder is well-suited for even the most difficult soil conditions and is underused in this regard, being one of our best drought-resistant trees. It normally grows 40’-50’ high and can grow almost an equal width.
You may want to position your Italian Alder so as to accent the pyramidal shape during the dormant season. Placing it against the sunset horizon is one good choice. And because the foliage remains a lush green into the autumn, blending it with brilliant fall-color trees provides a pleasing contrast. A wonderful addition to any garden!
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