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ACER negundo 'Kelly's Gold'
Boxelder, Kelly's Gold Boxelder
Box elder is a short-lived deciduous tree native to many regions in North America. Although sometimes scorned as an ornamental plant because of its weak wood and its penchant for self-sowing, it has given rise to many attractive cultivars. Introduced in 1989 by Duncan and Davies Nursery in New Zealand, 'Kelly's Gold' has three-parted, lemon-yellow leaves with contrasting red stems. The leaves hold their color through summer. Fall color is usually unremarkable. A female selection, it produces inconspicuous greenish yellow flowers in spring which give rise to clusters of winged fruit that mature from green to red-brown. Typically low-branched, this small tree has green twigs and furrowed light gray to gray-brown bark.
Box elders are tolerant of a wide range of soils, fertile or poor, wet or dry. This cultivar may be planted as a specimen tree in a lawn or park-like setting.
8 - 3
4 - 8
A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
25'-40' / 7.6m - 12.2m
20'-40' / 6.1m - 12.2m
Early Spring, Spring
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Spring, Summer, Fall
Yellow, Lemon Yellow
Yellow, Yellow Green, Brown
Feature Plant, Mixed Border
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