Red Alder Species Profile

Red alder is the most plentiful hardwood on the Coast of British Columbia, though hardwoods make up only 5.4% of the province’s total growing stock. It is a short-lived tree – with an average life span of 40 to 60 years that tends to grow in pure stands. A medium-sized broad-leaf tree, it grows up to 24 metres tall and 60 cm in diameter. Red alder is a fast growing tree that does not tolerate shade, and therefore, occupies a site quickly after a disturbance.