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A deciduous tree, Alnus rubra, which grows from Alaska to northern California and eastern Idaho. It is recognized by its stalked buds, simple leaves, and dry, conelike, ellipsoid fruit. With the big-leaf maple it shares the role of principal hardwood tree in the Pacific Northwest, where most of the commercially important trees are conifers. The wood is used in furniture.

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From McGraw-Hill Concise Encyclopedia of Environmental Science. The Content is a copyrighted work of McGraw-Hill and McGraw-Hill reserves all rights in and to the Content. The Work is © 2008 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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