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Tree ID help please - Red Alder

 
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I have hundreds of these little guys popping up.  They are on really,  really bad soil where a driveway was cut in years ago.  I'm hoping maybe they are a nitrogen fixer,  maybe a type of alder that are trying to repair the soil.  If they are, a lot of them will be moved to my food forest.  That makes it pretty important that I know what they are 😁
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The leaf looks very much like alder. It is a nitrogen fixer and thrives in poor soil.

Where there's one there's a thousand. One of the best woods to put into a hugelkultur mound, because of the nitrogen and speed of decay.

https://permies.com/t/10609/Alder-nitrogen-fixation-native-tree
 
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Looks like Beech to me. How do we distinguish between them?
 
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This is my own red alder. Pretty clear picture for him to compare it to.

Of course there are different types of alder and all have a slightly different shape.
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Yeah, the bud on your index finger would look like a sharp spike if it were Beech. Now I have to check my own.

edit: My 'spikes' weren't in evidence this late in the spring but were visible on branches that hadn't sprouted.
 
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Just what i was hoping for,  thanks.
 
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