Photographer: Dennis W. Woodland
Alnus viridis (Vill.) DC. subsp. crispa (Aiton) Turrill
American green alder, green alder, mountain alder
Alnus: ancient Latin name derived from the Celtic, "growth along streams"
viridis: viridis for "green"
|Plant: ||perennial shrub to 12' tall; grayish brown, smooth bark with pale lenticels; alone or in thickets|
|Flower: ||winter buds almost stalkless, male catkins 1"-3 1/2" long; blooms in spring|
|Fruit:||oval, stalked fruit clusters|
|Leaf:||leaf oval to elliptic, dark green, leathery, edges finely toothed, somewhat resin-coated|
|Habitat: ||moist to wet; streambanks, lakeshores, bog edges or sandy to gravelly slopes or flats|