Box Elder Tree

Box Elder Tree

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Planting Zones 2-10
November Through April
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Box Elder Tree (Acer negundo)


Box Elder Tree: Acer negundo, the box elder tree, is a fast-growing, long-living North American native species and member of the maple tree family. It is a hardy species that grows in the entire contiguous United States.


Because it is so adaptable to a wide temperature range, it is a favorite for both gardeners and landscapers throughout the U.S. It plays a prominent role in parks, installed along boulevards and sidewalks, and in backyards as a shade tree.


Some other common names for Acer negundo are the following:


  •      Ash-Leaf Maple
  •      Ashleaf maple
  •      Boxelder


The name and spelling variations all refer to the same lovely tree.


The Box Elder Tree Is a Resilient Species


The box elder tree is pollution-resistant, disease-resistant, and drought-resistant after it lays down healthy roots. It's attractive to wildlife, including birds, butterflies, and bees--each species is a pollinator that can foster plant health.


When you plant the box elder tree, ensure you find a full sunshine location. It also needs well-draining but moist soil; during an extended drought, you must provide about one to two inches of water per week.


The tree expends a lot of energy with its quick growth pattern of two to three additional feet per year, so add organic compost or fertilizer at least twice per year to keep it well-fed. Box elder trees in the coldest zones should receive an insulating cover of an inch or two of hardwood mulch before the snow flies.


The gardener does not need to do anything other than these few basic maintenance tasks to maintain the box elder tree.


The Box Elder Tree Is a Lovely Specimen


The box elder tree is a middle-sized tree, generally reaching a mature height of around fifty feet tall and with a forty-foot canopy width. The trunk is upright and light to medium brown.


The leaves are opposite on the brown stems, oval, serrated, and with lobes. The color is bright green on top and a bit lighter underneath. In late spring, they have tiny cream of yellow flowers; however, the size is so small they are almost unnoticeable.


Order Your Box Elder Tree From TN Nursery Today


TN Nursery recommends the box elder tree for anyone who wants a fast-growing, lovely shade tree--order from us today.




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  • 5
    Beautiful Absolutely Beautiful

    Posted by Lovely Arp on Dec 09, 2020

    The shipping was fast and the packaging was great. And the trees are amazing. Also beautiful colors.

  • 5
    Box Elder Tree

    Posted by Johnny Jones on Aug 27, 2019

    The shipping was fast and the packaging was great.

  • 5
    Box Elder Tree

    Posted by Howard Milner on Aug 22, 2019

    all my trees are doing great

Shipping Information

We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.

How We Protect Your Plants For Transit

We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.

Upon Receipt Of Your Plants

Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.

Shipping Dates

Ships November through April