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Box Elder

Box Elder

Status: In Stock
Minimum Purchase:
10 units
Mature Height- 30-50 Ft, Spread - 20-30', USDA hardy zone 2-9, Sun or Shade? Either, Drought Tolerant

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The Many Attributes Of Box Elder In Wetland Areas

The Boxelder or Box Elder is a deciduous tree, native to North America and a member of the Maple family.

At home in numerous habitats including those considered difficult to garden in soils of varying and extreme pH levels remaining flood proof for up to 30 days and drought tolerant. Supposed to be extremely fast-growing with a woody root system and easily transplanted in Zones 3-8 reaching a mature height varying between 30-80 feet, usually with a trunk diameter of 12-20 inches. Often growing several trunks, it creates an ideal fence situation while when planted alongside driveways forming a canopy of shade it is also the perfect tree for climbing and provides a home and food to many species of wildlife. Used as a windbreak for crops, this tree protects against soil erosion, important for riverbanks and streams. With pinnately compound leaves, with 3-7 leaflets it may feature single-leaflet compound leaves turning from a light translucent green to yellow color in the Fall.

Plants arrive with an intact root ball and thrive when planted in full, not deep holes.
Young shoots are green with a waxy coating of a white to violet tint. Branches remain smooth, maturing to olive green in color. The bark on the trunk ranges from pale grey to a light brown color depending on the age of the tree becoming deeply cleft with distinct broad ridges. This hardy tree can reproduce in winter and can drop its leaves and fruits at that time. Female flowers are replaced by the winged samara which is approximately 1-1 ½” long and twirls to the ground in a “helicopter” motion. The notable fact is that they are the only maple tree that is dioecious, requiring female and male trees to propagate. The wind-pollinated female flowers elongate in mid-spring into drooping racemes while the male flowers have pedicels that are become long, slender and hairy.

Box Elder Ships As - Bare Root