Boxelder (Ashleaf Maple)
|Family: Aceraceae (Other members of Aceraceae)
Genus and species: Acer negundo
Leaves: The leaves are opposite and compound. They are approximately 6" (15cm) long, usually containing 3-7 leaflets.(View Measured Leaf)The leaflets are elliptical, pointed at the tips, coarsely saw-toothed, about 2-4" (5-10cm) long and 1-1.5" (2.5-4cm) wide, light green and no hair on top of leaf and generally paler on the bottom of the leaf. (View Leaves)
Bark: The bark tends to be a lighter brownish-gray and has narrow ridges. (View Bark) Twigs are generally hairless, green, form rings at nodes and are slender.
Fruit: Since the Boxelder is a member of the Maple family, it has keys as the fruit of the tree. The keys are about 1-1.5" (2.5-4cm) long, light brown in color, flat, and they have long, curved wings. Also, they often appear in large clusters. (View Fruit)
Tree: As pictured to the left, the tree has a short trunk and is rounded. Usually 30-60' (9-18m) tall.
Range and Habitat: Commonly found in moist areas or by the side of the road. Can be naturally found from Alberta east to New York, south to Florida and west to Texas.
Boxelder Tree (Greenwich, NY, 10/8/02)