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Alnus incana 'Aurea' Tree

Golden Alder Trees
  • £80 (inc VAT)
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Known as Golden Alder due to its wonderful golden hued leaves and bark, Alnus incana 'Aurea' is a hardy and resilient tree. It's ideal for difficult sites, tolerating damp or poor soils, some drought (once established) and wind exposure.

Coral pink catkins appear in early spring and keep their pink hue until summer, providing contrast to the pretty yellow-green foliage. False cones appearing in autumn are popular with birds and can provide food for bees. This Golden Alder also has glossy, bright golden bark that is a beautiful feature, especially in winter when the bark can clearly be seen.

A slow growing tree, Alder incana 'Aurea will reach 7 x 5 metres in 20 years and forms a slightly pyramidal shape. As with all Alder trees, it plays host to a nitrogen fixing bacterium beneath the soil which improves the fertility of the soil and plays a good part in ecological succession.

AKA Yellow leaved alder tree, Grey alder 'Aurea', Alnus incana Aurea

  • Common name: Golden Alder tree
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 7 x 5 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
  • Foliage: Golden-green leaves with contrasting pink catkins
  • Soil: Tolerant of most soils including damp sites, but avoid very chalky soils

Planting Alnus incana Aurea Trees

Our pot grown Golden Alder trees can be planted at any time of the year, unlike bare root trees. Start by removing weeds and grass within a metre of your intended planting hole. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. To help your tree establish more effectively, especially if you have poor soil, we advise sprinkling root grow in the hole.

Take the pot off and gently loosen the tree roots, then place into the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil with 50% compost, then fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree. We advise planting young trees with a stake and tie kit and, if your area is prone to rabbits, a rabbit guard. Lastly, water around the base.

Aftercare Advice for Alnus incana Aurea Trees

If you’re planting in spring, summer or dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. Make sure to keep an eye on young Golden Alder trees and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. We stock a range of irrigation kits, suitable for a variety of planting schemes.

Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons.

Pruning Advice for Alnus incana Aurea trees

Like most ornamental trees, Golden Alder trees do not require much pruning once they have established. Simply remove any crossing, damaged or diseased branches. Prune in late winter or early spring. If you think the canopy is overcrowded, make sure to alleviate the branches to ensure enough air and light can penetrate. Alder trees produce their own nitrogen so they do not require fertiliser, only a consistently moist soil.

Delivery Costs

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Delivery Times

Next Day Despatch
We will always try to get your plants to you as quickly as possible.  For many of our trees and plants, if you order today we will despatch your order within 24 hours.  We are constantly adding to our range of next day plants, and we do not add a surcharge for this service. Click here to see our next day delivery plants.

Standard Delivery
We have one of the widest range of trees in the UK, and for those plants which we cannot despatch next day we will normally despatch within 4 weeks. The despatch time for different products will be confirmed when products are added to your shopping basket

Pre-orders
We will only want to deliver your orders when they are perfect for planting! Depending on the season and how well the plants are growing, we will give our best estimates of the despatch dates for pre-orders.  These dates may vary and by species and while we will always try to deliver within these timeframes if the expected despatch does change then we will notify you by email.

Special Orders
Orders containing pleached or mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) are delivered within 3 weeks. They require specialist delivery and are grouped geographically. Any customers ordering pleached or mature trees will be contacted and notified of their delivery date.

If your trees are required by a specific date, please let us know as soon as possible; while we can’t offer any guarantees we will always do our best to accommodate you. You can leave instructions in the notes field on the Delivery Page of the Checkout or send us an email at [email protected].

Please note that orders are shipped once all the trees in the order are ready.

Collections
Collections are by appointment only at our West Yorkshire-based nursery. If you would like to place an order for collection, please get in touch before placing your order. You will not be charged a delivery cost for a collection and any delivery cost that has been applied will be refunded.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. *Pot sizes may vary. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem tree: Classic tree with one trunk, pruned for a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted tree: A height next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Ideal for small spaces.

Feathered tree: Branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem tree: Two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that give the appearance of a bushy multi stem tree.

Climber: Naturally climbing plant. Usually delivered running up a cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height.

 

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root type Price Quantity Qty
Alnus incana 'Aurea' Form: Single Stem Tree Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 12L pot* Alnus incana 'Aurea' Price £80 (inc VAT)
Single Stem Tree 150-200cm 12L pot* £80 (inc VAT)
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