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ACER negundo 'Variegatum'

Image of Acer negundo 'Variegatum'

Jesse Saylor

Family

Aceraceae

Botanical Name

ACER negundo 'Variegatum'

Plant Common Name

Ash-Leaved Maple, Boxelder

General Description

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 the mid-nineteenth century, 'Variegatum' has three-parted leaves with broad irregular creamy white margins. 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 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. Remove any green-leaved branches to keep the plant from reverting to the standard non-variegated form.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 3

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    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

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    25'-40' / 7.6m - 12.2m

  • Width

    25'-40' / 7.6m - 12.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring

  • Native To

    North America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Yellow Green

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Burgundy, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Green, Light Green, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    White, Green, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Yellow Green, Brown, Burgundy

  • Bark Color

    Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Fissured

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Shade Trees, Street Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes