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Alder shelter belt (4th of 6)

Alder shelter belt

The alder (Alnus species) is moderately frost-resistant, drought-tolerant and fast-growing. Its deep roots and ability to fix atmospheric nitrogen makes it less competitive with nearby crops for nutrients and moisture than some other tree species. Consequently alders need little root pruning.

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Allan Gillingham, 'Shelter on farms - Planted shelter belts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 July 2022)

Story by Allan Gillingham, published 24 Nov 2008