Acer negundo (boxelder, ash-leaf maple)

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Key Characteristics

  • Leaves opposite, pinnate (3-5), acuminately tipped
  • Fruit is a flattened, paired, parallel samara
  • Reproduces clonally by root suckers
  • Shade intolerant, lives on first bottoms of river flood plains
  • Twig green or purple with a glaucus bloom that forms (can be rubbed off), the nodes are outlined by a lighter green color, the lateral buds are appresed with white pubescence, and the terminus looks similar to those of Fraxinus
  • Information was presented during a Field Lab in Fall 2011


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Many come from Steve Baskauf at Vanderbilt University

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