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Acer negundo

Common Name: Box Elder
Acer negundo
Acer negundo

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Tracheophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Sapindales
Family: Sapindaceae
Genus: Acer
Species: Acer negundo

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

The box elder tree grows up to 70’ and has brown-gray furrowed bark.

The leaves are opposite and compund, between 4 to 10" long, and have 3-7 leaflets. They have coarse-teeth or can be lobed. In the fall, they turn a yellow color.

Habitat & Range

Box elders range spreads across the eastern and central United States and central Canada. They have also been planted widely as a shade tree.

Life Cycle

The seeds are paired, have wings, are 1 1/2" wide, and droop.

Featured image by James Dake.


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