Does anybody know this? I was out today with a forester friend of mine who was helping me identify the common trees for our favorite smoking woods. We harvested plenty of Hikory, Grape, Cherry and a little Apple but when it came to Alder there were many questions. The Alder we have around here (Ct) is Speckled Alder and is more like a bush. It's not somthing big enough for planks for instance so we are not sure if it is the same family and OK to use. Thanks for your help.