Botanical name: Acer negundo
Family: Aceraceae (maple)
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A.K.A. ash-leaf maple, three-leaf maple, ash maple, western boxelder cutleaf maple, cut-leaved maple, stinking ash, red river maple, California boxelder, sugar ash, and black ash
- A small to medium size occasional tree.
- Height of about 65-75′ and a trunk diameter of 3′ (often smaller)
- Enjoys full sun
- Leaves are opposite, pinnately compound 2-3″ long usually with 3-7 leaflets
- Flowers are drooping racemes
- Fruit – Paired samaras (seeds) are eaten by birds, squirrels and and other animals
- It is one of our most common trees.
- Growth rate is Fast growing and fairly short lived
- It is usually not recommended for cultivation in the yard – due to the fact it produces so many seeds, often has multiple trunks with irregular growth, that can form thickets, and the wood is not a very strong – making it prone to storm damage
- On invasive species list in some states
- Plant Hardiness Zones 3-8