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Box elder seeds

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Boxelder (Acer negundo) is a native, fast-growing maple tree, found throughout Minnesota except for the far northeastern corner of the state .

It is most common on river floodplains and along lakeshores and streams, but also grows in young hardwood forests.

Boxelder can grow in a wide variety of soil types and spreads fast, especially in fence rows, abandoned fields and vacant or disturbed urban lots.

Yellow-green flowers add some color to spring landscapes, but boxelder is not a very popular choice, due to its low ornamental value.


Deciduous; leaves drop in fall

Height: 35 to 60 feet

Width: 35 to 60 feet

Has a rounded to irregular form

Leaves: emerge in mid-April to late May; are 3-7 inches and are made up of 3-7 leaflets. Only native maple with a compound leaf, leaves are opposite each other along branches.

Flowers: emerge in mid-April to late May; yellow-green wind-pollinated flowers on male and female tree

Fruit: winged nutlets or samaras ripen on female trees in August-September

Fruits shed through autumn and winter, produce seedlings in spring, and can prove to be weeds

Boxelder is a fast-growing maple tree, native to Minnesota. Learn more about this tree.