Alnus incana
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Alnus incana

tag alder
speckled alder

  family betulaceae 
  genus alnus 

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Genus  Alnus Species  incana Variety  Cultivar  Common names  tag alder   speckled alder   or Family  BETULACEAE Specimen number  S13920 Data source  Allergy p257;DyePl p68
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Various Life span    Annual cycle  Depends on climate Stature  Tree Growth form  Various Growth habit  Ascending Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  The bark of Alnus incana has been used in traditional fabric dyeing. A range of possible colors can be produced by Tag alder (also known as speckled alder) including yellow, yellow-brown, brownish-gray and black. Alnus incana is known as or in Norwegian. Alder is used in Norway for dyeing.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen  Strong Hay fever season  Mar 01 - May 31 Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  Anyone who suffers from pollinosis will want to steer clear of this heavy pollen producer. Hay fever season usually extends from March to May.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Bark Dye color  yellow,yellow-brown,brownish-gray,black
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Alnus incana is a native plant in the natural environment that occurs throughout Northern US and CA. Tag alder (in some places called speckled alder) is thought to originate from Norway.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes 

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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