Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Sapindales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Read more about Box Elder at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
Eastern Box Elder, Ash-leaved Maple
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Richard and Teresa Ware rtw_acer_negundo
With age, bark develops shallow fissures with narrow, often rounded, ridges, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.
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.
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.
JK Marlow s050316_h
March Rutherford County NC
Leaf scars opposite; terminal bud present; twigs red or green
JK Marlow jkm0504j_09
April Greenville County SC
Flowers appear in early spring before the leaves, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.
COMPARE flowers of Maple species
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.
JK Marlow s050511_a
May Greenville County SC
Leaflets coarsely toothed or slightly lobed on margins, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.
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.
COMPARE leaves of Poison Ivy and others confused with it
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.
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC
Common (uncommon in Coastal Plain)
Schizocarp composed of two 1-seeded samaras
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Identifying Trees: An All-Season Guide to Eastern North America p168
- Landscaping with Native Trees p046
- Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide p053
- Peterson Field Guide to Eastern Trees p197
- The Sibley Guide to Trees p346
- Trees of the Southeastern United States p053
- Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge p04
- Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont p220
- Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide p048