Alnus cordata is a species of tree commonly known as Italian alder or black alder. It is native to southern Italy and the Mediterranean region.
Italian alder trees can grow up to 25 meters tall and have a distinctive dark brown bark with deep fissures. The leaves are glossy, dark green, and oval-shaped, with serrated edges. The tree produces small, brown, cone-shaped fruit in the autumn.
Italian alder trees are known for their ability to grow in wet soils, and are often found in riparian zones or along riverbanks. They are also commonly planted as ornamental trees in parks and gardens due to their attractive foliage and bark.
The wood of Italian alder is light and easy to work with, and is used in the production of furniture, veneers, and plywood. The tree is also used in traditional medicine for its astringent properties, and the bark and leaves have been used to treat various ailments including diarrhea, inflammation, and skin disor