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Box Elder
Acer negundo

Native to North America, this maple has a thick trunk and translucent green leaves that turn yellow in the fall. This is the only North American maple with compound leaves. Its sap has been used in foods. It is also called Ash-leaf Maple and Three-leaf Maple.

Habitat:Wet soils, bottomlands and disturbed sites.
Growth Habit:Multipled-trunked, medium-sized tree, growing up to 20 m tall, with sprouting tendency.
Bloom Time:Early to late spring.
Longevity:Short-lived.
Presence in US:AL AR AZ CA CO CT DC DE FL GA IA ID IL IN KS KY LA MA MD ME MI MN MO MS MT NC ND NE NH NJ NM NV NY OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VA VT WA WI WV WY
Presence in Canada:AB BC MB NB NS NT ON PE SK
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