Name: Common Alder
Scientific name: Alnus glutinosa
Category: Trees and bushes
Nature Stars: 30
About: A common riverside tree.
How to identify: Alders are the only trees with both catckins and cones. Easily recognised by the combination of habitat, rounded leaves and purplish buds.
Fantastic fact: Alder seeds are a favourite food for Siskins and Redpolls during the winter.
Photograph credit: Philip Precey