Angelika Maier wrote:We have an unknown variety of alders at one side of the house. While I never would cut them down they have some downsides. First stuff does not grow incredibly well underneath and I wanted to have something like an European/North American forest garden there. They are very brittle and in each storm branches are breaking. I don't know how they behave in case of a bushfire, but my impression is as they are so brittle that they would burn well.
Hugh Kay wrote:Hi,
I was wondering if anyone has experience growing red alder east of the Rockies. I would like to plant some in mid Missouri (zone 6a), if possible.
Landon Sunrich wrote:Alder will naturally coppice and does so best when cut in the winter leaving at least 4 inches of stump
Regeneration from Vegetative Sprouts
Young red alder will sprout vigorously after cutting (coppicing). Coppices with rotations of 4 to 6 years have been managed successfully for a few rotations. Red alders more than 10 years old do not sprout well after cutting; regenerating red alder by coppicing older stands is not feasible.