- BOTANICAL NAME: Acer negundo
- PRONUNCIATION: A-cer ne-GOON-do
- COMMON NAME: Boxelder
- FAMILY: Aceraceae
- NATIVITY: Southern Canada and throughout the U.S.
- GROWTH HABIT: Rounded to broad-rounded, weedy tree to approximately 60'. Fast growth rate.
- HARDINESS: Zone 2-9
- CULTURE: Hills, dales, anywhere! Found in moist bottomland in native range but tolerates hot, dry, acid, alkaline, sandy and clayey soils. Sun to part shade.
- LANDSCAPE USE: Good for that impossible site. A fast growing, suckering tree that is definitely tolerant of urban conditions. Short-lived, weedy tree.
- FOLIAGE: Opposite, pinnately compound with 3-5
(9) leaflets. Leaflets are 2"-4" long, coarsely serrate.
No fall color.
- BUDS: Green-red buds with 2 scales, 1/4" long.
- BARK: Green stems when young turning gray-brown.
- FRUIT: Samaras forming a 60o angle or less, borne in large panicles.
Profusely fruiting and persisting into the winter. Dioecious tree.
- PROPAGATION: Seed, cuttings. Normally, how to kill it is more important.
- PESTS: Boxelder bugs.
- 'Auratum' - Leaflets golden yellow.
- 'Flamingo' - New shoots pink, age green with white border
- 'Variegatum' - Leaflets have an irregular white margin.
It will revert to green or have all-white leaves if not roperly pruned.