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Ash-Leaved Maple

Acer negundo

Also known as

Box Elder, Black Ash, Maple Ash, Manitoba Maple, Ashleaf Maple, Box-Elder, Ash-Leaved Maple, California Boxelder, Boxelder Maple, Three-Leaf Maple, Western Boxelder, Ash-leaved maple, Box elder, Water ash, Maple

Acer-negundo-total by Sten Porse (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








20 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Ash-Leaved Maple Overview

Acer negundo is a vigorous, upright, deciduous tree that grows up to 15m in height. It has pinnate leaves appearing on young green shoots that turn yellow in autumn. It produces pendent racemes of small yellow-green flowers (male and female flowers on separate trees) in spring, that develop into prolific winged seeds in autumn. Ash-Leaved Maple or Box Elder - as Acer negundo is also known - prefers fertile, moist but well-drained soil, in full sun or partial shade. It will tolerate most soil types except the boggiest of situations. This low maintenance tree is popular due to its rapid growth rate and architectural qualities. It is compatible with a variety of garden styles and will also happily grow in a container.

Common problems with Ash-Leaved Maple

How to propagate Ash-Leaved Maple



Special features of Ash-Leaved Maple

Attractive leaves

Spring and Summer colour

Autumn colour


Other uses of Ash-Leaved Maple

Trees for Shallow Chalk or Alkaline Soils

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