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Box Elder Maple

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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


Plant Facts

Family Acer negundo
Foliage Green
Mature Height 30 - 50 feet
Mature Spread 20 - 40 feet
Soil Widely Adaptable
Zones 3-8
Mature Form Broad, Irregular
Growth Rate Rapid
Sun Exposure Full Sun - Partial Sun
Flower Color Yellow
Fall Color Orange and Yellow

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