Question of the week: If an alder has adorable little cones, does that make it a conifer? I love a good question. No… the adorable little woody ‘cones’ of an alder are really female flowers-turned-woody-fruits. The male flowers are graceful catkins which sway to the slightest spring breeze, and male and female flowers grow side by side on the shrub. Alder stands in mud, holding firm the line between land and water.  Slapped by wakes in one direction and flooded by storm water in another, this survivor hangs tough. The plant is a member of the Birch family, Betulaceae, and to dismiss it as unattractive is simply a failure to appreciate its value. As much a pioneer as any roving family, alder is a benevolent workerbee, capturing nitrogen from air and storing it in soil for use by other plants. If you have alders on your property, consider yourself blessed. If you know about their relationship to Fender guitars, consider yourself pretty darn smart.~K

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Salem, SC

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Wind: 4 mph

  • 22 Aug 2017

    Mostly Sunny 87°F 72°F

  • 23 Aug 2017

    Thunderstorms 85°F 70°F

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