(Acer negundo)
The Maple Family (Aceraceae)

Boxelder is a small to medium-sized tree with a short trunk, widely spreading branches and light green foliage. It has opposite, compound poison-ivy like leaves with three to seven leaflets. A hardy, fast-growing tree that can survive dry and extremely cold conditions.


Locally found growing in deep, moist soils on lakes, rivers and swamps, but also grows in the dry areas of the
west and the Great Plains.

Interesting Facts: 

The Plains Indians used the sugary sap as syrup.

The female plant produces pairs of winged seeds called samaras.
Found on separate plants, the male and female flowers hang in clusters and are without petals.
Wildlife value: 
Birds and small rodents eat the seed. Butterflies and moths drink the nectar and the leaves are a larval food for the Cercropia Silkmoth. Honey bees consume the nectar and pollen.
Leaf type: 
Wildlife value: 
Tree dimensions: 

Leaf length: 6.00-15.00 inches
Tree height: 30.00-50.00 feet

Where to find Boxelder on the Louisiana State Arboretum Trails:

WET - Wetland Trail 1.0

Refer to our Live Map to locate this species and its interpretative signage on the trail system.