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What are the facts? Again and again and again — what are the facts? Shun wishful thinking, ignore divine revelation, forget what "the stars foretell," avoid opinion, care not what the neighbors think, never mind the unguessable "verdict of history" — what are the facts, and to how many decimal places? You pilot always into an unknown future; facts are your single clue. Get the facts!
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Typical Pine

The edge were tree meets field creates a haven for all sorts of critters.



Alders are tough trees or large shrubs, with a coarse texture, rough very green leaves, and cute seed pods (stromboli) that look like tiny pine cones, 2 cm long. They grow reasonably well on crap soil and fix their own nitrogen. Alder is often used to reclaim mine sites.

Alder do best on sunny sites, but will tolerate some shade.

Alder wood is used for smoking fish and game. The wood has a strong orange cast, and a striking grain. It's used for various woodworking projects.

Alders are in the same family as birches.

We have ~~two~~ three native alders in Alberta. At this point (2016) we carry Green Alder. We may be able to get river alder. Drop us a line.

Green alder sometimes called upland alder, tag alder, mountain alder. Alnus crispa or Alnus viridis Tends to form a large shrub 10 to 25 feet tall.

Speckled Alder River alder. (Alnus incana) Very much like green alder but twigs and young bark (smooth) is speckled. Usually found in boggy soils, and wetland margins.

River Alder ??? Help!

(In checking this out, I have found Alnus rugosa, Alnus incana, Alnus incana subsp. rugosa. This is obviously one of those battlegrounds between the lumpers and the splitters in the plant name game. If they are separate species, they are very similar. In either case, River/speckled alder likes it wetter and has more shade tolerance.)

More about alder: Wikipedia

[Green Alder on Nativeplants.evergreen.ca] (http://nativeplants.evergreen.ca/search/view-plant.php?ID=01486)

[Green Alder on borealforest.org] (http://www.borealforest.org/shrubs/shrub2.htm)

[River/speckled alder on USFS] (http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/tree/alninc/all.html)

Typical Pine

Lodgepole Pine in our front yard.

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