Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Shrub; Tree
Perennial
Monoecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in streambanks, bogs, wet thickets, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
Unisexual
Staminate calyx 4-parted, pistillate calyx absent
Petals absent in pistillate flowers
4 stamens in staminate flowers
Inferior ovary
Flowers in catkins (staminate catkins elongate)

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Nut

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fagales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Alnus serrulata   FAMILY Betulaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Alnus serrulata   FAMILY Betulaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 054-01-002:
Alnus serrulata   FAMILY Betulaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Tag Alder, Hazel Alder, Smooth Alder


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_alse2_003_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm0401d_37

January    Greenville County    SC

Roadside/creekside

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_alnus_serrulata_2

February        

Bark frequently fluted and twisted, similar to that of Carpinus caroliniana, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE bark of American Hornbeam and Tag Alder

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Gill Newberry    gn03_a_serrulata_female

March        

Female flowers reddish.

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Gill Newberry    gn03_a_serrulata_malecatk

March        

Male catkins longer than female catkins, pendent, each one stalked, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

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Gill Newberry    gn03_a_serrulata_oldcones

March        

Fruit: Narrowly winged nutlets in persistent semi-woody conelike structures, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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Gill Newberry    gn03_a_serrulata_plant

March        

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JK Marlow    jkm0503a_02

March    Greenville County    SC

Paris Mountain State Park

Persistent inflorescences and fruit cones make this not easily confused, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm0307c_18

July    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park

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JK Marlow    jkm0407b_32

July    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park

Principal leaves are broadest at or beyond the middle, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.

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JK Marlow    jkm090725_038

July    Jackson County    NC

Western Carolina University

Leaves stipulate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm090725_039

July    Jackson County    NC

Western Carolina University

Leaf margins finely toothed and occasionally slightly wavy, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm120704_553

July    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

Leaves straight-veined, petiolate; apex acute or rounded; base widely cuneate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves of Hazel Alder, Hazelnut, Witch Hazel and Witch-alder

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_alnus_serrulata_4

July        

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JK Marlow    jkm0308e_27

August    Greenville County    SC

Pistillate flowers borne in erect, short, ovoid, cone-like spikes, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm0309b_10

September    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    s020924_a

September    Greenville County    SC

Furman University

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JK Marlow    jkm0310d_30

October    Greenville County    SC

Roadside/creekside

Male catkins are conspicuous in winter, and pendulous, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.

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Keith Bradley    kab_alnus_serrulata_7842

October    Sumter County    SC

Mill Creek Park

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Keith Bradley    kab_alnus_serrulata_7847

October    Sumter County    SC

Mill Creek Park

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_a_serrulata_cnc_1

November