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Yellow Alder

Turnera ulmifolia

  • Common Name: Yellow Alder
  • Scientific Name: Turnera ulmifolia
  • Family Name: Turneraceae
  • Origin: Caribbean basin
  • Height: 2’ – 3’
  • Width: 2’ – 3’
  • Growth: moderate
  • Zone: 9 - 11
  • Light Needs: Partial Shade – Partial Sun
  • Salt Tolerance:  unknown
  • Soil/PH/Texture: sand, loam or clay soils, acidic – alkaline - pH unknown
  • Soil Moisture: prefers watering’s every 7 to 14 days during hot, dry weather.
  • Drought Tolerance: moderate
  • Pests/Diseases: White flies are often found on the foliage. Severe infestations can injure the plants. Aphids and scales can also infest the foliage, but they are usually not too serious.
  • Growing Conditions: To use as a low maintenance plant, consider locating alder alone as an accent in a shrub border or in a ground cover to display its natural open habit.
  • Characteristics: the leaves of this evergreen are green, simple, with opposite/subopposite leaf arrangements, serrated margin edges, 2” -4” length leaves with pinnate venation. The flowers are yellow, 1” – 2” flowers, and bloom year-round.
  • Propagation: by cuttings and stem division, also may self-seed
  • Wildlife: attracts butterflies, birds and bees
  • Facts: blooms will last only a day but are produced all season long.
  • Designer Considerations: used for mass plantings, ground cover, borders, foundation and in a potted plant if well drained.

Yellow Alder


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