Box Elder Maple
Easy to Grow - Drough & Cold Tolerant
The Box Elder Maple tree, Acer negundo, is also commonly known as Ashleaf maple, Manitoba maple, Box-elder maple, and Western box-elder.
This deciduous maple tree is a small-to-medium-sized tree, reaching heights of 50 to 75 feet, with a trunk diameter up to 4 feet. The trunk is relatively short and tapering, and the crown is spreading and bushy. It is more often seen as a smaller tree with cane-like, bright green branches.
Box Elder trees are fast growing and tolerate poor conditions. Although it grows best on moist soils, box-elder is drought and cold resistant. It can also tolerate flooding for extended periods (up to a month).
The bark is smooth on young trees and then as it gets older the bark develops narrow ridges; mature trees have dark brown bark. These shade trees have brittle wood.
Boxelder bugs eat seeds on female trees. The seeds are also a source of food for birds and mammals, and are important because they stay on the tree through winter, when other food resources are scarce!
* Fast growing
* Tolerates flooding
* Drought & cold tolerant
|Mature Height||30 - 50 feet|
|Mature Spread||20 - 40 feet|
|Moisture||Drought, Heat Tolerant|
|Mature Form||Broad, Irregular|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun - Partial Sun|
|Fall Color||Orange and Yellow|