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The Boxelder (Acer negundo) Story

Acer negundo Common names: boxelder, ash-leaf maple. Plant family: Aceraceae, maple family

Boxelder is a fairly common, rather weedy, tree native to the U.S. A. It is the most widely distributed North American maple, found mostly in the eastern half of the United States up through south-central Canada, but with a scattered range from coast to coast in the U. S. and south to the mountains of Mexico and Guatemala. Boxelder has been naturalized in New England, and eastern Canada; and in Washington and eastern Oregon1.

Description: Boxelder can grow to about 65 ft. (20 m) tall, but more often it is shrubby with no central trunk. It is short lived, about 60 years, and fast growing. The twigs are pale green to green-purple, with waxy bloom, cut plants resprout readily. The winter buds are blue to purplish, densely, finely white-hairy. The bud scales are opposite, and overlapping.

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