Baby Alder 

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I found some volunteer young alder trees growing in planters on my deck. Presumably, seeds (as shown in our Red Alder article) somehow got from nearby trees into the planters. 
It seemed like a great opportunity to get to know them a little better, so here are some photos.
Photos by John F. Williams
This little sprout was 13 inches tall. I figured it was an alder because it’s leaves looked like those of nearby mature alder trees.

 

Click on one of the thumbnails below to see the gallery full-size.

Surprisingly, one of the most interesting things was holes in the leaves, and speculation about how they got there.

I did pull up one of the smaller trees to see what it’s roots looked like at that age.
See more about alders in the article Red Alders by Sara & Thomas Noland.
See more about what other creatures interact with alders in the article In the Company of Alders by Phoebe Goit.

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