At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Betulaceae
Latin Name: Alnus serrulata
Foliage: Dark green
Fall Foliage: Yellow to red
Bloom: Purplish-brown and green
Bloom Time: March
Shape: Broad rounded irregular crown
Bark: Speckled white pores
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Zone: Zone 2 to Zone 6
Size: 15 to 25 feet
Spread: 15 to 25 feet
Care: Medium to wet, well drained soil

The Hazel Alder is a relatively small and elegant species belonging to the Betulaceae family, scientifically classified as Alnus Incana. The subspecies Rugosa—also known as the “Speckled Alder”—is common throughout the northeastern United States. Light-demanding and fast-growing, the Hazel Alder typically survives 60-100 years. The seedling reaches a height and respective spread of 15-25 ft., thriving in a 2-6 hardiness zone, with a shallower root system than its Black Alder counterpart. It similarly favors medium to wet and well-drained soils, though it can survive in slightly drier conditions as well. A “pioneer” species in its own right, the Hazel Alder tree can be found along river banks, stony mountain slopes, and sea-level forests and fields alike.

Like many of species of Alders, the Hazel Alder favors full sun to partial shade. It is broad and rounded in shape with an irregular crown. Its blooming catkins flower in March, although they are distinguished by different coloring: purplish-brown for males and green for females. Deciduous in nature, the tree’s ovoid green leaves turn lively shades of yellow and red in the autumn before they are shed. Its trunk remains smooth, thin, and gray throughout the tree’s lifetime, and is characterized by its speckling of white pores.

Though the Hazel Alder’s wood resembles that of the Black Alder, its timber is paler and weaker, and thus not as favored in local industries. When situated near riversides or stream banks, the species contributes greatly to the preservation of the wetland habitat by functioning as a soil and water stabilizer and a habitat provider. In some cultures, the Hazel Alder is prized as a source of medicine; tea from the bark, for instance, is said to work as a remedy for a variety of issues ranging from coughs and toothaches to diarrhea and childbirth pains.

Native Forest Nursery Photos:

Mature Tree Photos: