Boxelder Tree (Acer negundo)

  • Broadleafed
  • Deciduous
  • Alternate Common Name: Maple Ash; Box Elder
  • Average Height: Boxelder grows to between 30 and 80 feet tall when mature.
  • Average Width: Crown spread can be up to 50 ft.
  • Leaf Description: Boxelder trees have compound leaves with three to seven leaflets. The leaflets are 2-4 inches long and 1-3 inches wide with light teeth on the edge of the leaves. Leaves are light green and turn yellow in the fall.
  • Bark Description: The bark on Boxelder trees is pale gray or light brown, deeply cleft into broad ridges, and scaly.
  • Twig Description: Green shoots with smooth and brittle branches.
  • Flowering: The boxelder tree has greenish-yellow, drooping flowers that are between 3 to 6 inches long, clustered at the end of branches.
  • Needle or Broadleaf: Broadleafed
  • Comments: Boxelder seeds are prolific and germinate easily. Boxelder is a fast-growing and decay-prone tree.

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