Acer negundo is commonly known as the Box Elder. This common name comes from its use in making boxes and crates.
Other names it goes by include Box Elder Maple, Ash-leaved Maple, Ashleaf Maple, Red River Maple, Fresno De Guajuco.
It is classified as a tree in the Sapindaceae (Maple) family, and is native to Central and North America
Boxelder (Acer negundo) photograph by Andrey Zharkikh.
It is considered a fast-growing, medium-sized, deciduous tree. It averages 30 to 50 feet (9 to 15 m) in height and has an average spread similar to that of its height.
Acer negundo by BotanischerVerein Sachsen-Anhalt, CC.
Although it is a maple and produces the familiar maple fruits, it differs from most maples through having odd-pinnate compound leaves.
There are both male and female Acer negundo plants. The male trees do not produce flowers.
Acer negundo 'Variegata' by Babij, CC.
Acer negundo requires full sun to grow and does best in USDA Zones 2 to 10.
It is a low maintenance tree that has an insignificant flowers that are greenish-yellow.
The tree leaves turn yellow in the fall.
It is recommended as a shade tree and is ideal for faraway difficult corners of the landscape garden, where other ornamental trees will not grow, or in colder northern climates.
Unfortunately, Acer negundo has a short life and can be easily broken in storms.
Be aware that this tree is a host for Box Elder bugs, which do not harm the tree but can be a significant nuisance if the tree is located close to a home.
It is also susceptible to Anthracnose, powdery mildew and canker disease problems.
On the plus side, the Box Elder Maple tree can tolerate drought, clay soil, air pollution and being in proximity of black walnut trees.