NY Legal Status
Tier 2 - Emerging
Leaves have a blunt or indented tip. Young leaves are sticky to the touch.
Grows as a tree as opposed to our native alders which are multi-stemmed shrubs
Found in wet areas such as wetlands and along streams or ponds.
The fruit, a female catkin, is a small brown woody pine-cone like structure that is visible most of the year. The male catkins are 2 to 4 inches long.