The Five Year Native Tree Challenge: Darran Alnus Rubra (I Think).

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This is my entry grown from seed, there was no identification on the packets, was a bonsai pack brought by my partner so lucky anything sprouted really.

but here it is up to its current state
 

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After my local rogue squirrel decided to take a shine to it, here is the tree now Damage to leader can be seen in picture 2. Not sure this is a rubra, i think It’s a common Alder (glutinosa) but I am no expert And the grow your own bonsai pack had nothing to say what was in it, and no amount of online searching has thrown out the packet contents.

So I think it’s an alder, and most likely a common European one. Can anyone change my title to reflect this please.
 

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Just an update, the little tree is growing
 

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This is the tree as we move into autumn here in the UK.
 

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who new, the purple buds in the last picture remained through winter, and as spring starts in the UK, they are opening and revealing new leaves.
 

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And here’s some pics
 

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