General - A deciduous tree growing in temperate climates which appears in the mythologies of many cultures; In some accounts, alder is the tree of resurrection. Irish Represented in the ancient tree alphabet by F, this tree was held in such reverence that those who felled it were put to death. Norse The first woman, Embla, is generally held to have been made from an elm tree but others say it was an alder. North America In Newfoundland it is said that the buds of the alder (from the bark of which the natives made medicines) act as homes for breeding mosquitoes. Welsh In the story of the Battle of the Trees, it is said that Gwydion was able to recognise Bran from the fact that he carried a bunch of alder twigs. Called alder.

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