[NAFEX] alder wood rot resistant?

Lon J. Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Wed Aug 31 09:22:17 EDT 2005

The alders here in Oregon sure aren't that rot resistant.  Though they 
do decay in odd ways here.  I've seen chunks come apart in layers, 
producing what are almost tubes as the inner part rotted out and left 
an outer layer.
-Lon Rombough
Grapes, writing, consulting, my book, The Grape Grower, at 
http://www.bunchgrapes.com  Winner of the Garden Writers Association 
"Best Talent in Writing" award for 2003.
On Aug 31, 2005, at 7:17 AM, Charles Paradise wrote:

  I had always heard that black locust and chestnut woods were those 
resistant to water if driven into the ground.  This webpage claims 
alder wood possesses the same rot resistance?  Has anyone heard this 
before?  Is it true?
 Alders have an extra-ordinary ability to resist the decaying influence 
of water. Its timber is almost indefinitely rot proof in a wet 
environment and its trunks are the foundation of much of the glory of 
Venice and the graceful houses lining the canals of Amsterdam. Its 
shiny leathery leaves resist the onslaught of the wet autumn and early 
winter rains far better than any other deciduous tree. The leaves do 
not colour in the autumn, just become darker and wither to brown or 
black and often can be found on the branches as late as December! Its 
tiny seeds have two corky wings, containing air bubbles, which helps 
them to float on water in their search for a place to settle.
> http://www.the-tree.org.uk/BritishTrees/alder.htm
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