|Grid reference||ST 19498 78128|
|Common name||Cut leaved alder|
|Origin||Europe and N. Africa|
|Status||Wales Champion 2013|
|Height||13M April 2015|
This tree is on the north side of the brook, against the Westville Road railings near the junction with Ladysmith Road. The branches of the Alnus can be seen emerging from the ivy which engulfs it. The tree clearly is in need of some attention.
General tree description
Alnus glutinosa 'Imperialis' is an ornamental cultivar of the Common alder, Alnus glutinosa. It is a slow-growing medium-sized tree (up to about 18 metres tall) with a conical shape. Its leaves are deeply pinnately lobed, and the lobes are slender reaching more than halfway to the midrib, giving a fern-like appearance. The male catkins are purplish, and the fruits are small and cone-like.