Arizona Alder

Alnus oblongifolia

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A spreading tree with a single trunk and distinctively veined and sawtooth-edged leaves, Arizona Alder is most often found in the rocky mid-elevation canyons. The bark of younger trees is smooth and gray, but this becomes rough with age. The female flowers are produced in small pine cone-shaped structures (called cones) that turn reddish-brown in age but persist for at least a year, while the male flowers are produced in catkins that quickly disintegrate after flowering.