A native, deciduous plant, Alnus glutinosa thrives in wet soils and even improves the quality of poor soils as it boasts nitrogen fixing properties. Common alder is a fantastic, fast growing shrub with glossy dark green foliage and reddish brown catkins.
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For a reliable, low maintenance hedge, Alder is a great option. It grows well in poor soils and only requires light pruning. Common alder also acts as a wildlife sanctuary for birds, caterpillars, butterflies and many other insects.
Alder is particularly low maintenance and is one of the very few species to thrive in very wet soils. The other great attribute of an alder hedge is that it improves poor quality soil benefiting all other plants in the surroundings.
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Alder is very fast growing and will achieve at least 60cm per year. Common Alder is ideal for desired heights between 2-5m.
Common Alder only requires a light prune in late winter or early spring. Please view the Best4hedging Care and Planting instructions in our Advice section.
For information on planting density recommendations for alder, please see the product table above. In the 'No. Per Metre' column you will find our recommended plant density for each individual plant species and root type.
Alder plants are available to purchase year round as Pot Grown or Cell Grown plants. Bare Root Alder Hedging is available for delivery from November to late April/early May and can be pre-ordered from mid-summer.
The majority of our Alder Hedges are UK grown under the careful supervision of our knowledgeable nursery staff. Sometimes, we source Alnus glutinosa from outside of the UK. When this occurs, we go to every length to ensure that our suppliers are unbeaten on quality. At best4hedging we strive to make sure that your alder plants reach you in the freshest condition and that they are of the highest standard, all whilst protecting our great prices. Rest assured, you can buy Alnus glutinosa hedging plants online with utter confidence.