Acer negundo 


Family:  Aceraceae
Zone:  3-9                      Average Size:  30-50’H x 20-35’W


-Opposite arrangement of stems and leaves
-Compound leaf with 3 and 5 leaflets
-Young stems are a vibrant green
-Numerous samara, persistent into winter.

Note:   A maple native to the eastern United States and typically found along streams and rivers, although quite adaptable to a variety of soil types.  This species produces an abundance of viable seed and can become a weed in the landscape.  Seedlings sometimes resemble poison ivy.  Soft wood and a number of insect and disease pests shorten the life of this species in the south.  In northern climates the boxelder may become a handsome specimen.

Campus Location: School of Renewable Natural Resources, west along canal.