Acer negundo

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Box-elder, Ash-leaf Maple


Plant Specifics

Size:30-70 ft tall by 20-40 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Pinkish, not showy
Fruit Color:Green,brown
Phenology:Deciduous. Flowers in late winter. Fruits ripen in spring.
Noted for:Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Its twisting shape makes it an interesting specimen tree.
Considerations:Fast growing, fairly weak hence somewhat prone to breaking.
Availability:Friends, Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH:6 - 7



Squirrels and other rodents eat the seeds. 


Attracts pollinators, particularly native bees.   Larval host for Cecropia silkmoth (Hyalophora cecropia).

Native Habitats:Found naturally in floodplains. Has become widely established in ruderal settings.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures