boxelder - Sapindaceae Acer negundo

Tree Name

FamilySapindaceae
GenusAcer
Speciesnegundo
Common Nameboxelder
iTree CodeACNE2

Plant Form

FormTree: medium, irregular crown
Height50 feet
Spread30 feet
DeciduousYes

Identification Description

Foliagepinnately compound leaflets (3-5) slightly lobed or coarsely toothedLeaf Type Information IconCompound - Pinnate
Needles0
Barklight orange/brown, slight fissures (young) - ridged & furrowed, dusty brown (mature)
Budgreen or red with overlapping scales, often covered with white hair; lateral buds hidden beneath leaf stem (petiole) baseBud Arrangement Information IconOpposite
Twigsmooth, green or purple/red (depends on light exposure) in current year; then gray/brown; often covered in white waxy bloom
Flowermale: small, drooping clusters, no petals; female: raceme, no petals; male and female on separate plants (dioecious)
Fruitpaired “helicopters” (samaras) green to brown persisting in winter; V-shaped attachment
Fall Coloryellow

Site Characteristics

USDA Zones   info for zonespH LevelsSalt Tolerance
Min2aMin5SoilIntolerant
Max9aMax7.5SprayIntolerant

Shade ToleranceDrought ToleranceAllelopathy
IntermediateHighUnknown

Species Status

Nebraska NativeYes Check
U.S. NativeYes Check
Region of OriginUnited States, Canada
Previous FamilyAceraceae
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