Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Tree
Perennial
Dioecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (uncommon in Coastal Plain)

Look for it on riverbanks, in swamps, bottomlands, also upslope on calcareous substrates, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Deciduous
Pinnately compound
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring
Yellowish-green
Unisexual
Radially symmetrical
5 sepals

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Yellowish-green->Brown
Schizocarp composed of two 1-seeded samaras

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Sapindales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Acer negundo var. negundo   FAMILY Sapindaceae

GREATER THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Acer negundo var. negundo   FAMILY Aceraceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 115-01-001:
Acer negundo   FAMILY Aceraceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Eastern Box Elder, Ash-leaved Maple


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picture of Acer negundo, image of Acer negundo var. negundo

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_acer_negundo

February        

With age, bark develops shallow fissures with narrow, often rounded, ridges, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

picture of Acer negundo, image of Acer negundo var. negundo

JK Marlow    jkm170320_151

March    Laurens County    SC

Charlie Lollis Memorial Park

Staminate flowers in long-stalked clusters, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

picture of Acer negundo, image of Acer negundo var. negundo

Keith Bradley    kab_acer_negundo_2081

March    Lexington County    SC

Three Rivers Greenway

picture of Acer negundo, image of Acer negundo var. negundo

Keith Bradley    kab_acer_negundo_2091

March    Lexington County    SC

Three Rivers Greenway

Pistillate flowers in long-stalked pendulous racemes, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

picture of Acer negundo, image of Acer negundo var. negundo

JK Marlow    s050316_h

March    Rutherford County    NC

Leaf scars opposite; terminal bud present; twigs red or green

picture of Acer negundo, image of Acer negundo var. negundo

JK Marlow    jkm0504j_09

April    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Flowers appear in early spring before the leaves, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.


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picture of Acer negundo, image of Acer negundo var. negundo

JK Marlow    jkm100513_034

May    Greenville County    SC

Lake Conestee Nature Park

Samara wing 2-3cm long, body 1.5-2cm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

picture of Acer negundo, image of Acer negundo var. negundo

JK Marlow    s050511_a

May    Greenville County    SC

Cleveland Park

Leaflets coarsely toothed or slightly lobed on margins, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

picture of Acer negundo, image of Acer negundo var. negundo

JK Marlow    s050511_b

May    Greenville County    SC

Cleveland Park

picture of Acer negundo, image of Acer negundo var. negundo

JK Marlow    s050706_a

July    Greenville County    SC

Can be mistaken for Poison Ivy, but that has alternate leaves, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.


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picture of Acer negundo, image of Acer negundo var. negundo

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_acer_negundo_4

August        

picture of Acer negundo, image of Acer negundo var. negundo

JK Marlow    jkm121006_335

October    Washington County    VA

Virginia Creeper Trail

Fruit is paired samaras, borne in drooping clusters, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

picture of Acer negundo, image of Acer negundo var. negundo

JK Marlow    jkm121024_685

October    Cherokee County    NC

Murphy River Walk

picture of Acer negundo, image of Acer negundo var. negundo

JK Marlow    jkm0211d_06

November    Greenville County    SC