This is a sure sign that they have started their spring emergence. The dull look that they have had all winter and through all the snows and rain now sport a bit of red on the tips of the branches. It’s the catkins that give the alder trees their first touch of color after the winter.
The alder is native to Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. It is a valuable shade tree for the waters of all the streams and rivers in the area. Before long, the red color will be lost amongst the green foliage that will cover the tree and provide that needed shade. For now, it is a wonderful sight to see spring about to burst forth.