Alnus incana 'Laciniata' at Cathays Cemetery

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Alnus incana 'Laciniata'
late March 2021

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Alnus incana 'Laciniata'
mid May 2021

Grid reference ST 18019 78383
Common name Cut leaf grey alder
Alternative name Alnus incana f. laciniata
Origin Garden origin
Deciduous Yes
Status Rare
Map section Y
Planted by Malcolm Frazer c.1995
Height 10M April 2021
Girth Multi-stem
Reference 663

This tree is at the south end of the cemetery.

Alnus incana 'Laciniata' bark

Alnus incana 'Laciniata' bark
late March 2021

Alnus incana 'Laciniata' cone

Alnus incana 'Laciniata' old cones, seeds visible
late March 2021

Alnus incana 'Laciniata' leaf1

Alnus incana 'Laciniata' leaves
mid May 2021

Alnus incana 'Laciniata' leaf2

Alnus incana 'Laciniata' leaf
late May 2021

Alnus incana 'Laciniata' leaf3

Alnus incana 'Laciniata' leaf
late June 2021

General tree description

Alnus incana 'Laciniata' is a cultivar of the Grey alder, Alnus incana. This is a small, conical tree with grey bark that becomes cracked with age. Its leaves are ovate, up to 10cm long, dark green above and grey and downy beneath. 'Laciniata' is characterised by its sharply and deeply lobed leaves, these being divided into six or eight pairs of narrow, toothed lobes that reach most of the way to the midrib. In late winter and spring, before the leaves emerge, there are drooping, yellow-brown male catkins followed by ovoid, cone-like, green fruits that turn dark brown when ripe.