Box Elder

Acer negundo

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  • Box Elder | Box Elder (Acer negundo) Photo: Andrey Zharkikh
  • Box Elder | Box Elder (Acer negundo) Photo: Andrey Zharkikh
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Basic Information

Other names

Ashleaf Maple

Order

Sapindales

Family

Sapindaceae

Leaf Color

Green

Leaf Arrangement

Opposite

Leaf Complexity

Pinnate

Leaf Shape

Elliptic

Blooming Season

Spring

Bloom Color

Box Elders have yellow, green and brown bloom.

Attracts

Box Elder attract birds and bees.

Can I eat Box Elder?

Box Elders are member of the maple family. Native Americans occasionally tapped them for their sweet sap.

Box Elder Habitat

Box Elder (Acer negundo) trees can be found in every state in the Lower 48 and most of Canada. They are most often observed in moist forests near stream beds or floodplains.

Box Elder Facts

Box Elder (Acer negundo) trees are a medium sized. It is the larval host Cecropia silkmoth (Hyalophora cecropia) butterfly. Boxelder Bugs (Boisea trivittata) also prefer the tree to lay their eggs. Songbirds and some squirrels feed on the seeds, evening grosbeak in particularly feed extensivly on box elders. Larger mammals such as white-tailed deer also feed on the foliage. It is native to North America, but because of how fast it grows and can colonize an area it is considered invasive in certain areas.

Box Elder Distribution



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