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5x Grey Alder - Alnus incana - 45-60cm - Bare-root (Pack of 5 Plants)

Code: PL36032
5x Grey Alder - Alnus incana - 45-60cm - Bare-root (Pack of 5 Plants)
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A deciduous, bushy hedging plant which responds well to trimming. Creates glossy foliage that hangs well into the autumn. Good in damp or wet sites. Native to UK.

Characteristics
  • Flower Colour: yellow catkins
  • Foliage Colour: glossy green with grey undersides, turning to russet brown in autumn
  • Approx. Growth Height: 12m (40ft)
  • Flowering Period: March
  • Tolerance: drought tolerant, frost resistant
  • Growing Habit: upright
  • Hardiness: fully hardy
  • Exposure: exposed, sheltered
  • Rate of Growth: medium-fast
  • Final Size if Untrimmed: medium sized tree
  • Wildlife: Attracts bees and other insects.
  • Arrives bare-root at a height of 45-60cm (1'6"-2ft)

Requirements
  • Light Requirements: full sun, partial shade
  • Soil Requirements: tolerates all but thin chalky soil
  • Moisture: prefers moist

Planting
  • Planting Distance: 80-100cm (2'8"-3'4")

Grey Alder hedging will grow in almost all moist soil and can tolerate both full sun and partial shade.

Grey Alder can be planted from November to March, when the hedge is dormant. Ensure that the area where you are going to plant the hedge is clear and weed-free.


Caring and Maintenance

Cut back plants to 15-30cm (6in-1ft) on planting. In first summer trim side branches lightly to encourage bushing out. In the second year (February to March) cut back growth by half. Throughout the second summer trim side branches to maintain sides that taper towards the top. In the second autumn cut the topmost branch (‘leading shoot’) to the desired hedge height. Trim every June after that.

Can be maintained at over 180cm (6ft).

 

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