Box Elder Tree

Full Sun To Part Shade,
Height At Maturity
30 To 50 Feet
Planting Zones
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5-7 Days
Planting Zones 2-10
Fast Growing, Shade, Landscaping,

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Box Elder Tree Description

Box Elder Tree is a beautiful and vibrant tree.

Box Elder tree also goes by Acer negundo, Boxelder Maple, Boxelder maple, Manitoba maple, and ash-leaved maple. This tree comes from the Soapberry family, Sapindaceae. It is a native tree to North America and found in other parts of the world, including Europe, Australia, South America, New Zealand, South Africa, and Asia. This tree survives well in treeless lands because of its exceptional adaptive qualities, making it comfortable anywhere. It is planted near rivers and streams too. Although it's a short-lived plant, it is widely known for being a fast-growing tree.

This tree is considered a medium-sized plant in the United States that can reach a height of 25 – 80 feet and a width of 3 feet at maturity. On average, this deciduous plant can survive for up to 75 years. However, with the ideal maintenance and room for growth, they can stay for 100 years. When planted in a field with ample room to grow, these trees can flourish widely and form an irregular shape. It leads to the formation of a canopy-like treetop with multiple branches. However, the results will be different if the trees grow less abundance of space in a crowded area with other trees. Less growing rooms lead to narrower widths and taller heights of the Box Elder trees.

Box Elder Tree has a unique flowering pattern.

Box elder leaves differ from the rest of the genus Acer trees because they are pinnately compound leaves. Another differential point in this context is that they are the only ones with 3 to 7 leaflets per leaf stalk. The number of the leaflets is always odd and typically 5. These leaves can be 2 – 4 inches long at maturity and consist of edges with either a small number of large teeth or completely smooth.

Although light green during the spring, the leaves of the Box Elder tree take on a pale green or yellow color during fall, the Box Elder tree leaves are commonly referred to as Poison Ivy leaves, which is a significant reason for the mistaken belief that they are the same plant.

The bark of this tree changes colors as the tree ages. The tree bark darkens soon after and gives off a grayish-brown aura. The trees have a unique flowering pattern considering that the flowers are petal-less. These flowers appear as soon as spring starts. The yellowish-green flowers are dioecious and unisexual, forming droops on pedicles and racemes. Samaras – the infamous fruits of the Box Elder tree – mature and fall during autumn and are the source of seeding for the trees throughout winter.

Best Time to Harvest: In the spring

Sun Exposure: Full shade

Water Requirement: Low (drought-tolerant)

Soil: Preferably wet soils, but dry soil also works

Hardiness Zone: 2 – 10

Height at Maturity: 25 – 80 feet or more

Ship As: bareroot 

The Native Americans cultivate the sap of these trees to formulate a specific type of syrup from this tree native to North America. This sap can also be used as an ingredient in beverages made up of sugar maple. Apart from their usage in making furniture, fiberboards, and boxes, the Box Elder trees serve great aesthetic purposes for landscapes or suburbs. The most drought-prone cityscapes can use this tree because of its extraordinary immunity against droughts.

Box Elder Tree is drought tolerant and easy maintenance.




Reviews (2)

  • 5
    Nice Plants

    Posted by Angelia Borne on Oct 01, 2022

    Love my tree. it came well packaged

  • 4
    Box Elder

    Posted by Ronald Green on Oct 01, 2022

    My trees are doing well

Shipping Information

We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.

How We Protect Your Plants For Transit

We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.

Upon Receipt Of Your Plants

Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.

Shipping Dates
Ships November through April

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