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Alnus nitida - (Spach.)Endel.
                 
Common Name
Family Betulaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats By rivers and streams, 600 - 1200 metres, occasionally to 2700 metres[146].
Range E. Asia - Himalayas.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Wet Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Alnus nitida


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Alnus nitida
   
Physical Characteristics
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Alnus nitida is a deciduous Tree growing to 30 m (98ft 5in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in flower in September. The flowers are monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) and are pollinated by Wind.It can fix Nitrogen.
Suitable for: medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay and nutritionally poor soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry moist or wet soil.

Synonyms
Clethropsis nitida.

Habitats
Woodland Garden Canopy; Bog Garden;
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses


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Astringent.

A decoction of the bark is applied externally to treat swellings and body pains[272].
Other Uses
Dye;  Wood.

Tannin is obtained from the bark, it is used in dyeing[146, 158, 272]. Wood - soft, even grained, hard to cut. Used for construction and furniture[146, 158, 272].
Cultivation details
Prefers a heavy soil and a damp situation[1, 11]. Grows well in heavy clay soils[11]. Tolerates drier soils than most members of this genus[200]. Succeeds in very infertile sites[200]. Trees probably tolerate temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c and so will not succeed outdoors in the colder areas of the country. A very ornamental tree[1]. This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil micro-organisms, these form nodules on the roots of the plants and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[200].
Propagation
Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe and only just covered[200]. Spring sown seed should also germinate successfully so long as it is not covered[200, K]. The seed should germinate in the spring as the weather warms up. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots. If growth is sufficient, it is possible to plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer, otherwise keep them in pots outdoors and plant them out in the spring. If you have sufficient quantity of seed, it can be sown thinly in an outdoor seed bed in the spring[78]. The seedlings can either be planted out into their permanent positions in the autumn/winter, or they can be allowed to grow on in the seed bed for a further season before planting them. Cuttings of mature wood, taken as soon as the leaves fall in autumn, outdoors in sandy soil.
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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