Alnus glutinosa is a deciduous tree which prefers wet ground and can reach up to 20 m in height. The yellow green male and small red female flowers appear before the leaves and can be on the same tree. Leaves are alternate and ovate 10cm long 7.5cm across, toothed, dark green and smooth above with a tuft of hair in the vein axils beneath. Its fruits are clusters of woody cone like catkins, which are green turning to brown and stay on the tree throughout winter. The seeds are nut like with narrow cork wings which help it keep afloat on water
Alder wood is yellow when seasoned and was favoured by clog makers because of its durability, it is still used for shoe soles and broom handles today.
According to Celtic tree astrology Alder are natural-born pathfinders, you’re a mover and a shaker who will blaze a trail often gaining loyal followers to your cause. You are charming, gregarious and mingle easily with a broad mix of personalities. This could be due to the fact that Alder’s are easily confident and have a strong faith. The self-assurance is infectious and other people recognize this quality in you instantly. Alder’s are very focused and dislike waste, consequently they can see through superficialities and will not tolerate fluff. You also place high value on your time and feel wasting time is insufferable. You are motivated by action and results. Alder’s pair well with Hawthorns, Oaks or even Birch signs.