Monday, February 16, 2009

Mystery plant in my woods


Normally I know most of the plants growing here in my Durham, NC woods. Yesterday Meg and I found this at the lower end of our property near the stream. Most of the plants were 6-8 foot tall and these catkins were hanging from them about 3 inches long or so.

Any ideal what plant this might be??


gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

I'm not sure, but I've seen similar looking plants around here in the woods.
By the way I love your pink bench. I bet it looks great out in the garden!

Randy Emmitt said...


Thanks for being the first to post a comment on my new blog. My botanist friend Will Cook believes it is Hazel Alder (Alnus serrulata)see his page on it at

Shady Gardener said...

Randy, we have things that drip like that, but they're not as large... I'll have to do a bit of investigation.

Congratulations on your new blog! :-)

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

Hi Randy,
That is certainly 'different'! I have no idea-not something I've ever seen around my area:)

Lanny said...

I would agree with your friend that it is a type of Alder. Very similar to ones here with a few differences.

Entangled said...

I vote for Alder too. When they start to shed pollen, I know spring is very close.