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How to Grow Acer negundo Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Box Elder

Box elder

Boxelder (Acer negundo) photograph by Andrey Zharkikh.


Acer negundo

Acer negundo by BotanischerVerein Sachsen-Anhalt, CC.

Acer negundo 'Variegata'

Acer negundo 'Variegata' by Babij, CC.

Acer negundo Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Acer negundo
  • Common Name: Box elder
  • Growing Zone: USA: 5 to 8
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Tree

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 300 to 600
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 240 to 360
  • Time of Bloom: Spring
  • Flower Details: Yellow
  • Leaf Foliage: Green
  • Fruit:
  • Growth Form: Rounded

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Partially shady to full sunlight
  • Rate of Growth: Quick
  • Suitable Soil Types: Acidic, Alkaline, Clay, Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Slightly alkaline, Well drained
  • Soil Moisture: Wet

Caring Conditions

  • Care:
  • Level of Maintenance: Low
  • Propagation: Seed or grafting
  • How to Prune: Requires little to no pruning. In some cases hard pruning can be disruptive.
  • Pests: Aphids and horse chestnut scale are sometimes a problem
  • Diseases: Usually disease free but Verticillium wiltcan be problematic

Further Information

  • Can Attract:
  • Tolerant of: Drought, Clay Soil, Air Pollution
  • Best Garden Use: In the control of erosion, Pollard, Woodland garden
  • Genus Detail: Acer
  • Further Reading and References: Here and Here
  • Family: Sapindaceae
  • Closely Related Family members: Sycamore brilliantissimum, Red maple, and Silver maple; Horse chestnut; and Balloon Vine
  • Miscellaneous: Attractive foliage, North American native, Naturalizing, Inconspicuous flowers or blooms



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