red alder


March 12, 2012 · 1 comment

Red alder (Alnus rubra) is one of many species on our property that produce male and female catkins. The male catkins are dangling columns of tiny flowers that start release a ton of pollen around this time of year.                           Above on the […]

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November 25, 2011 · 4 comments

                          I’m a naturally frugal kind of person. I drive a 10-year-old car, I haven’t been on a “real” (not visiting family) vacation in over four years, and I stare at price tags, agonizing over “Do I NEED that?” “Do I REALLY want […]


Red alder (Alnus rubra) is prolific in the Pacific Northwest. It tends to seed in early after disturbances, mature quickly, and get “overripe” (begin to decay ) when full-grown at about 60 years old. We had four good-sized alders that had started to rot. Four trees weren’t enough to make a full log-truck load, so […]