stika alder
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stika alder cones
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Stika Alder is a short-lived pioneer species shrub to small tree often forming thickets in disturbed areas. It naturally lives in moist areas by water, in clearings, or on mountain slopes. The leaves are shinny with a distinctive yellowish-brown to gray bark, often patched with lichen. root nodules containing beneficial bacterial make it nitrogen fixing and good for soil conditioning. The fragrant wood is very suitable for firewood and smoking salmon.

Growing From Seed

Growing from seed is one of the most economical and satisfying ways to build a native plant garden. The table shows brief planting instructions, including how long and what kind of stratification this plant needs. For further information on stratification and seed preparation please refer to our article: Preparing To Grow Wild Plant Seeds

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Growing From Plants

Seedlings are a more economical option than established plants and an easier start than growing from seed. Our plants are shipped in soil blocks or plug trays. Plants do surprizingly well in the mail but need special care upon arrival. Please see Planting Mail Order Seedlings for information on how to plant and care for seedlings.


We currently ship within the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, and it usually takes 2-5 business days in the mail once shipped. Seeds ship year-round. Plants are generally available from May to September and can be reserved during off season; Shipping costs are calculated during checkout. Seed orders over $100 ship free! See Shipping for more details.