OUR MISSION: ACER ACER supports communities, government agencies and corporations in taking action to reduce biodiversity loss and strengthen climate resilience by increasing and monitoring urban and riparian zone forest canopy.

Trees: Speckled Alder

Latin Name: Alnus incana

Other common names: Gray Alder, Hoary Alder, Tag Alder

General description: Coarse Shrub that can sometimes be classed as a tree. Grows best in wet conditions, along streams and in swamps that have drainage.

Bark: Smooth, reddish-brown with orange markings.

Leaves: Oval 2-4 inches long, thick-textured, not sticky, veins deeply impressed above.

Speckled Alder Sapling's Leaves









Twigs: Moderately slender, reddish-brown; buds dark reddish-brown.

Established Speckled Alder









Sources used: The Forest Trees of Ontario by J. H. White revised by R. C. Hosie (1980); Shrubs of Ontario by James H. Soper and Margaret L. Heimburger (1994).