Grey Alder ( Alnus incana )
Height : 1.5m to 18m included
Origin : Eastern Europe (Caucasus)
Environment : mountain forests, near water courses;
on calcareous soil
Climate : cool, temperate
The Grey Alder is a fast-growing, short-living forest species of Eastern Europe that grows in mountain forests, preferably along water courses. It is a pioneer species (re-colonizing wasted lands) and it is often used along mountain roads to consolidate the mountain sides in order to avoid landslides. It is cold resistant. The timber is lighter than the one of the Black Alder, and not as useful. In Autumn, the foliage does not really turn colours, it only discolours a bit then falls.