Italian Alder Hedging – Alnus Cordata


Italian Alder (Alnus cordata), a close relative of the common Alder, offers a unique and captivating choice for hedging that beautifully blends form and function. These versatile plants possess a distinct set of qualities that make them an exceptional choice for creating a hedge with both aesthetic appeal and practical benefits.

Italian Alder (Alnus cordata), a close relative of the common Alder, offers a unique and captivating choice for hedging that beautifully blends form and function. These versatile plants possess a distinct set of qualities that make them an exceptional choice for creating a hedge with both aesthetic appeal and practical benefits. Let’s explore the attributes of Italian Alder and why it excels as a hedge, as well as the ideal conditions for its growth and its compatibility in mixed hedges.

Italian Alder Attributes: Italian Alder hedging plants showcase a striking appearance, making them a standout feature in any landscape. With their dark green, glossy leaves and a slender, upright growth habit, they exude elegance and charm. As an added visual delight, Italian Alder produces attractive catkins that sway gracefully in the breeze, adding a touch of romance to your outdoor space. Come autumn, the leaves transition into a rich gold, infusing warmth and vibrancy into your surroundings.

Beyond their visual allure, Italian Alder offers ecological benefits too. These plants have the power to attract and support wildlife, particularly pollinators like bees and butterflies, thanks to their catkins. Additionally, they provide habitat and sustenance for various bird species, contributing to a thriving ecosystem.

Why Italian Alder Makes a Great Hedge: Italian Alder is an excellent choice for forming a hedge due to its adaptability and robust nature. These plants excel in a range of soil types and moisture levels, adapting well to varying environmental conditions. Italian Alder hedging is also low-maintenance once established, requiring minimal effort to keep it looking neat and tidy. Pruning is straightforward and allows you to tailor your hedge to your desired shape and size.

Ideal Conditions and Mixed Hedges: Italian Alder thrives in a variety of conditions but truly excels in moist to wet environments. This makes it an ideal choice for areas with ample water supply, such as riverbanks, pondsides, or damp lowlands. Italian Alder also integrates seamlessly into mixed hedges, where it can complement other native shrubs and trees. Its nitrogen-fixing ability enriches the soil, benefiting the overall health of your hedge and contributing to improved air and water quality.

In summary, Italian Alder hedging plants offer a winning combination of beauty, versatility, and environmental benefits. Whether you’re seeking to create a standalone hedge or incorporate them into a mixed hedge, Italian Alder can be tailored to suit your landscaping vision. Elevate your outdoor space with Italian Alder hedging and enjoy the elegance of nature while supporting local wildlife and promoting environmental sustainability. Choose Italian Alder for a hedge that exudes character and vibrancy in your landscape.


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Root Type

Pot Grown, Rootball, Bare Root


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Stem Girth

4-6cm, 6-8cm, 8-10cm, 10-12cm, 12-14cm, 14-16cm, 16-18cm, 18-20cm, 20-22cm, 22-24cm, 24-26cm, 26-28cm, 28-30cm, 30-35cm, 35-40cm, 40-45cm, 45-50cm, 50-60cm, 60-70cm, N/A, 20-25cm, 25-30cm

Foliage Type



Not Native

Water Requirement


Growth Height

Medium Growing

Growth Speed

Moderate Growth

Costal Growing






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