Alnus cordata (Italian Alder)
Native: South Italy and Corsica
Location: Cultivated in parks and gardens.
The leaves have five to six pairs of veins, are shallowly toothed and dark glossy green with tufts of down in vein axils beneath.
Male catkins extend to about 7.5-10cm and shed their pollen between February and April when tiny red females are produced.
Fruit is 2.5cm long, much longer than other alders.