Description: A deciduous tree (its leave fall) of medium size. The leaves are heart shaped and have finely serrated edges. The Italian Alder can be recognised from common Alder by its little tufts of orange hair on the underside of the leaf where the veins join the mid rib. The male catkins are thin and hang down, but the female catkins are woody and resemble conifer cones.
Fact: It's a tough tree that can grow in unfavourable environments. You can often spot them planted in supermarket car parks.