Who is decorating the trunks of the alder trees?

A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

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Photo: Lise Lafond

The immature male flowers of the alder tree are called catkins and are visible in winter.

Walking in the woods, I often pass by the Rivière aux Pommes that cuts through a piece of our land. Alder trees (Latin name Alnus, which means “close to the river”) grow on both sides. The alder is a deciduous tree, meaning it sheds its leaves in fall, and is a member of the birch family. There are many species of alder, including the speckled alder, which is native to Quebec.