Red Alder

Alnus rubra Other names: Red alder, Western red alder, Western alder.

Alder is almost white when freshly cut but quickly changes on exposure to air to light brown with a yellow or reddish tinge. Heartwood is formed only in trees of advanced age and there is no visible boundary between sap and heartwood. The wood is fairly straight grained with a uniform texture. Alder is commonly sold in the rough cut form. It can also be surfaced, (S2S), upon request.

Furniture, kitchen cabinets, doors, interior mouldings, turning, carving and kitchen utensils.

Availability: Reasonably available.

Alder Hardwood Lumber Pricing:
Alder is considered to have a moderate hardwood lumber price point. For a quote email us at

Relative Working Properties:

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Splitting in Nailing
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Splitting in Screwing

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