Red Alder

Other Common Names/Trade Names: None
Scientific Name: Alnus rubra
Best Characteristics for Identification: Aggregate rays, Pores wider than the rays(excl. aggregate rays), reddish-brown color when aged.
Uses: Pulp, furniture, cabinetry, furniture, musical instruments.
General Natural Range
: Southeast Alaska to southern California along the coast with small populations in the Idaho panhandle.
Identical or Nearly Identical Species: None
Other Species Easily Confused With: Birches
Means of Distinguishing Similar Species : Red alder frequently has aggregate rays and is darker in color than the birches.