Box elder—Acer negundo
Family Aceraceae (Maple family)
Box elders are deciduous trees that can grow up
to 60 feet tall. They are generally fast growing but they do have
a number of faults including brittleness, suckering, susceptibility
to boxelder bugs, and a tendency to seed heavily. There are varieties
available that provide variegated foliage, which improves their
Optimum conditions for growth
Boxelders are adapted to a wide range of climate
zones and are native to most of the United States. They do best
in full sun to part shade and with occasional deep watering. Variegated
forms can burn in inland areas with hot afternoon sun.
Acer negundo 'Variegatum'
Seed pods of box elder tree
© 1995 Br. Alfred Brousseau, Saint Mary's College of California