Red alder

Red alder

Red alder

Durability

Density in kg/m3

Red alder

The Tree
A tall cylindrical tree, on good sites reaching 30m to 40m in height with a diameter of 0.5m to 0.8m. However often smaller than this in size. The tree forms extensive root systems with nitrogen-fixing nodules.

The Timber
Heartwood is only formed in very old trees and there is no demarcation between sapwood and heartwood. The timber is almost white when freshly cut, changing to light tan to light brown with a yellow or reddish tinge on exposure to air. The timber has fairly straight grain and a uniform texture.

Drying
Easy to dry with little degrade.

Strength
A weak wood with low strength values.

Working Qualities
Easy - Works fairly well with a tendency for the grain to pick up on planing. It hold nails well, can be glued and takes a paint or stain satisfactorily.

Latin Name
Alnus rubra

Also known as
Western alder, Oregon alder

Wood Type
Hardwood

Treatability
-

Moisture
Medium

Texture
Medium

Origin
North America