Alnus Glutinosa Imperialis, size Medium, on our nursery
Alnus Glutinosa Imperialis, size Medium, on our  nursery
Catkins and cut leaf of Alnus Glutinosa Imperialis
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Medium Common Alder Imperialis from this batch
Large Common Alder Imperialis from this batch
Instant Common Alder Imperialis from this batch

Alnus glutinosa Imperialis

Common Alder Imperialis

Estimated fully grown height 12-17m

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Product Details

Alnus glutinosa Imperialis is a finely cut-leaved version of the common Alder, Alnus glutinosa which won the Award of Garden Merit in 2002.

This beautiful tree has delightfully well cut leaves, given them an almost fluffy appearance, with the bright green colour of the foliage contrasting well against the blue sky during the summer months.

There are very few trees seen in the UK that have such densely cut, soft look to them. Despite giving a highly ornamental look, being part of the Alder family, Alnus glutinosa Imperialis is actually well suited to wet and damp soils.

It is therefore an interesting choice for this use compared to some of the more common offerings of Poplar and Willow. It is little planted in the UK; however we consider that it is a tree whose popularity will increase with time and exposure in the landscape. Like other Alder, Alnus glutinosa Imperialis will tolerate most soil conditions, including moist soils.

Take care not to plant in exposed areas as the delicate foliage can be damaged by the wind. If planted as a single specimen, this tree will produce a magnificent pyramidal shape.

This small Cut Leave Alder is wonderful planted in groups to accentuate the effects of the light and fluffy green foliage.

Mature height: 12-17m

Tree Specification

Tree Location
Parkland, Wetland,
Mature Height
Blossom Colour
Foliage Colour
Looks good in
Fruit & Nut
Soil Type
Clay, Wet, Will tolerate most soil types,
Autumn Colour
Good for waterlogged soil
Good for waterlogged soil,
Pleached Tree

Planting Video

Delivery Guide

Barcham Trees are delivered using a local team of hauliers whom are well versed in transporting trees across the length and breadth of the UK. Our standard delivery is based upon sharing a delivery slot on one of our lorries and is calculated on a county by county basis.

Get a quote for delivery for your county here.

Free delivery is granted on the following order levels:
England, orders over £2,750
Wales, orders over £3,750
Scotland, orders over £4,750

Once you have completed your order online we will phone you to schedule in your delivery. On many occasions we are able to link in your order quickly but please allow up to 15 working days from the time of order to delivery as the worst case scenario.

Please note that all of our deliveries are made on Heavy Goods Vehicles, with our smallest available lorry generally being a 10 tonne vehicle. Deliveries are made to kerbside, or nearest reasonable access point and the lorry drivers are unable to move the trees once they are onsite.

For those of you ordering Instant trees, have special requirements or access limitations, please remember that throughout this process we are only a phone call away! Our experienced team of arborists are on hand to offer advice and can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9am - 5:30pm on 01353 720 950.

For further details of our delivery service and conditions, please visit our Delivery Service Advice page.