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The Ogham


B:(Beithe)The Birch
L:(Luis):The Rowan
F:(Fearn): The Alder
S:(Sail): The Willow
N:(Nion): The Ash
H:(Huath): The Hawthorn
D:(Duir): The Oak
T:(Tinne): The Holly
C:(Coll): The Hazel
Q:(Queirt): The Apple
M:(Muin): The Vine
G:(Gort): The Ivy
nG:(nGetal): Broom
St:(Straiph): The Blackthorn
R:(Ruis): The Elder
A:(Ailm): The Fir
O:(Onn): The Furze
U:(Ur): The Heather
E:(Eadhadh): The Aspen
I:(Idhadh): The Yew

The Ogham Alphabet and Corresponding Tree Pages

Fearn:(The Alder)

with the lord of the wild Hunt,

the spirit of the animals and.

Green World,who appears in many

world mythologies under various

disguises and names. The most common

names are Cernunnos,Herne the Hunter,

and under the Irish system,"The Daghda".


Description:Alders are attractive deciduous shrubs or trees with alternative leaaves. The flowers occur in large and conspicuous catkins. Both male and female flowers appear on the same plant. The female flowers develop cones, and both catkins and cones can be found on the plant in fall.

A.glutinosa,also called European alder, grows to about 80 feet. The rounded leaves are 4 inches long.A.cordataItalian Aldergrows to be 70 feet. Small branches have a reddish cast,and the 2-3 inch reddish leaves are heart shaped at the bottom.A.oblongifolia,also known as New Mexican alder,gros to a height of 80 feet. It has a saw toothed,oblong leaves and straight,parallel veins on each side;the bark is smooth,dark grey. It is found in New Mexico and Arazona. White alder,or Sierra alder,is a good indicator or water, as it grows only where there are permanant streams. Red alder is considered the leading hardwood in the pacific northwest.
The Folklore of Trees and Shrubs:Laura C.Martin
The Globe pequot press(1992)


Western Alder is a close or fine-grained hardwood similar to cherry, birch and maple.  It has a density or hardness comparable to Appalachian soft maple.  Western Red Alder thrives in the low moist conditions typical of the West Coast Range from southern British Columbia to northern California.  It is the most abundant western hardwood and is prolific, fast-growing species. (seperate this for alder)

Here are some links to pages about or featuring the Alder Tree

Mystical World Wide Web:Trees-B:
Nova Scotia Garden Guide:Birch Trees:
Birch Trees:Potential Troubles:
Alder:The Poisonous Plants Page
Aldersmith:Aror Press"Out on A limb.
AlderFrom:The Future is abundant.
Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertn. European Alder
PHYTOPTHORA DISEASE OF ALDER IN THE TYWI CATCHMENT