Scientific Name– Alnus cordata Loisel.
Synonim– Alnus cordifolia
Common name(s)– alder of Corsica, Hartbladige Els, Italian alder, Ontano napoletano, Herzblattrige Erle.
Distribution and Habitat– native to Corsica and South Italy; occurs naturally on damp soils, in poorly drained areas and depressed sites.
Description– deciduuous tree, 10-15 (30) m tall; crown ovoid-conic. Bark greenish grey with numerous lenticels when young, later becoming a light grey-brown with small fissures. Twig slender, olive green, lenticels. Buds are stalked, green turning red an 0.6 cm long.
Leaves alternate, simple, broadly oval to rounded, 5-10 cm long, base cordate, margin unevenly toothed, glossy green above, paler with a few scattered brown hairs below in vein axils and along midrib, petioles 2-3 cm long. Flowers monoecious, males flowers yellow-green, in aments elongated, 5-13 cm long, in clusters 3-5 (2); females flowers 6 mm, reddish green turning into a small cone, strobil 2.5-3 cm long, persistent in winter. Flowering in February-March. Fruit woody, 2 - 2.5 cm long, green turning reddish brown when ripe. Winged seeds.
Growth rate– fast growth.
Tolerances– it tolerates wet soil, but needs ample water.
Requirements– does well in dry, acid, neutral and alkaline soil.
Propagation– seeds are best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe and only just covered. When large enough to handle, seedlings should be pricked out into individual pots. Plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer.
Cuttings of mature wood, should be taken as soon as the leaves fall in autumn, and be planted outdoors in sandy soil.
Pest and Diseases– is susceptible to chlorosis in very alkaline soils.
Cultivars– 'Sipkes' 20 m tall, dark and glossy green leaves, recommended habit for a street tree.
Properties and Uses– the tree is grown as an ornamental in gardens and parks and as a road-side. Is a windbreak or hedge for maritime areas.
Alder trees has a symbiotic relationship and fix atmospheric nitrogen, utilized by the growing plants and enables it to grow well in quite poor soils.
Andreas Roloff, Andreas Bartels - Flora der Geholze - Ulmer, 2008
Cecil C. Konijnendijk, kjell Nilsson, Thomas B. Randrup, Jasper Schipperijn - Urban Forest and Trees - Springer, 2005
Katharina Pawlowski, William E. Newton - Nitrogen-fixing Actinorhizal Symbioses - Springer, 1ed, 2007
Michael A. Dirr - Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs - Timber Press, 2ed, 1997
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Erica canaliculata - shrub originating from South Africa, used as an ornamental species in parks and gardens.
Malacothamnus fasciculatus Greene
Evergreen shrub, vigorous, well branched, 1-4.5 m high. The stem and leaves are pubescent, stellate hairs. Leaves alternate, petiolate; language ovat-round, palmate lobate, 0-7 lobes rounded, toothed margins, 2.11 cm. Blossom spike, flowers Sesi.
Thunbergia alata - black-eyed Susan
Thunberg spelled - a species native to tropical Africa, but common as ornamental plants.
Pelargonium australe - Muscat
Herbaceous perennial, 50 cm high, sparsely hairy, stems covered with non-glandular hairs. Leaves opposite, lamina ovata, ± circular, 2-9 cm long, 2-8 cm wide, 5-7 lobes, lobes Curl crenata edge, pubescent or ± glabra, 13 cm long stalks. Flowers arranged in umbele, 4.12 flowers pedunculate, 3.10 cm long, pedicel 1-2 cm long. Calyx lobes are 4.7 mm long, 1-6-8 SEPA, 8 mm long.
Cardamine bulbifera - herbaceous species, perennial. Hailing from Europe and Asia Minor, grow on fertile soils, limestone, 200 to 1800 m altit., In association with Coryllus avellana, Carpinus betulus, Crataegus laevigata, Fraxinus excelsior, Quercus robur, ursinum Allium, Carex pendula, Hyacinthoides non- scripta, Mercurialis perennis, Lamiastrum galeobdolon.
Angelica archangel L. - Root Holy Spirit
Angelica, Arcangel, Angelica di Bohemia, archangel, wild celery, wild parsnip, bai zhi, engelwortel, Angélique, Angelika, Brustwurz, Chora, padaganghwal, erva do Espirito Santo, djagill, anschelika, Epiritu raiz del Santo, the root of the Holy Spirit.
Physalis alkekengi - ripe fruits are edible, are rich in Vitamin C and has diuretic and laxative properties.