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Acer negundo

Acer negundo

Box Elder, Fresno de Guajuco, Ash-leaved or Manitoba maple, and Sugar Ash

Elevation: 5,200 to 7,500 ft (1,600 to 2,300 m)

Height: up to 20 m

Widely cultivated as a shade tree in the west. Short-lived, weak wood, worthless except as fuel. Splits easily in wind and sleet storms. Box Elders yield a sweet sap like maple syrup, though not as sweet as sugar maple..

Photo by Brady Allred

Photo by Brady Allred