Sitka Alder (Alnus viridis ssp sinuata)
Sitka Alder, also known as a Mountain Alder, can be considered a small deciduous tree or a coarse shrub and is a pioneer in disturbed areas making it useful in erosion control. With its ability to grow in soils too barren for other trees, this subspecies improves soil conditions by adding organic material and nitrogen via its root nodules. Additionally, it can be useful as a nurse tree to young conifers. The Sitka Alder often forms dense thickets that provide habitats for many animals especially birds, and thermal and hiding cover for big game. Native American tribes have used the bark and its extracts to make a red-brown dye, and for both internal and skin ailments. The wood has been used for smoking salmon.
*Prefers full sun to partial shade
*Prefers moist soils with good drainage that range from mineral to rich, humus covered substrates, acid to neutral pH and coarse to medium texture.
*Suitable landscape includes moist montane woods, rocky or sandy coastlines and talus slopes, streambanks, lakeshores, and the north face of rocky outcrops.
*Max height 30 feet
*Sold Bare Root
*Sold in bundles of 5