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Author Topic: Solved: Black Alder  (Read 3219 times)

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Offline swampwhiteoak

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Solved: Black Alder
« on: June 20, 2001, 01:03:34 PM »



Hope that worked.  Genus is easy, species is somewhat harder.

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Re: ID This!
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2001, 06:39:58 PM »
Well, so far, I'm really puzzled.  The leaves have remote shapes of ginko but they are different.

They look like Mulberry but most mulberry have small points at the tips and I don't know how far north Mulberry grows.  The fruits (?) look a bit like mulberry but not red mulberry. Might be white mulberry.  Then again ..........hmmm-m.  I need a different book.

Hope somebody else has a better idea.
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Re: ID This!
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2001, 08:55:25 AM »
Sorry Tom, mulberry isn't close.
Hint #1:  A close relative grows on streambanks

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« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2001, 09:30:57 AM »
I haven't found a picture but I found a verbal description. "Oval leaf almost 4 sided with fine double serations on the edge and 7 veins on each side."  This was the description of Red Birch and so that is just my GUESS until I can find find a better key.

Am I getting warm yet?  Help somebody!  

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Re: ID This!
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2001, 01:11:31 PM »
Gettin warmer, Tom.  Right family.

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Re: ID This!
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2001, 07:44:03 PM »
I think Alder is a Birch. I'll guess Hazel Alder and then go back to the book store tomorrow.  Man, I am having a hard time finding books with keys outside of  Florida. :-/
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Re: ID This!
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2001, 08:27:50 PM »
Alder is where I was leaning with the "cones" but the lumber still has too many leaves in the way for me to be sure. ::)
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« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2001, 06:48:37 AM »
Alder is correct, hazel alder is incorrect.  To be fair you pretty much got it, I wouldn't be able to tell the difference by leaves either.  But a more accurate description should help.

Mature tree 50ft+ tall.  Non-native planted in windbreaks and other CRP lands.  Grows VERY fast.  Not sure if this one will be in tree keys.  

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Re: ID This!
« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2001, 12:22:52 AM »
My book list only one introduced Alder, European Alder.  (Black Alder, European Black Alder).  

Its leaves look a lot like what you have pictured.

Would this be the ID? :-/
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« Reply #9 on: June 24, 2001, 10:03:49 AM »
Originally posted by Tom
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Black Alder, European Black Alder

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Alright Tom wins a ___, oh wait I don't have anything to give you.  Oh, well.  You can live with the knowledge that solved a mystery. ;D

We use black alder up here mainly in windbreaks (this is heavy farm country).  That stuff shoots up faster than cottonwood and is also a nitrogen fixer.  


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