Boxelder Fact Sheet
Family: Aceraceae - Maple Family
Latin name: Acer negundo
Common name: Boxelder
- General: Maple Family (Aceraceae): Boxelder is a small to medium sized tree. Most trees are either male or female, but bisexual flowers occur on some trees.
- Bark: light gray-brown with shallow fissures.
- Twigs: slender, shiny green, usually glabrous but sometimes hairy; new twigs are often purple/red -- often with white "bloom" that is easily rubbed off.
- Buds: red or green, usually covered with fine white hairs.
- Leaf scars: narrow, but nearly encircling the bud. Scars from opposite buds meet at a point. scars are raised.
- Seed Production and Dissemination: Fruits are winged nutlets (samaras) in a pair, 2.5-4 cm long, clustered on long, drooping stalks. Crop production begins when trees are 8 to 11 years of age. Ripening takes place from August to October and seeds are wind distributed continuously until spring.
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