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ACER negundo 'Variegatum'
Ash-Leaved Maple, 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 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.
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
Early Spring, Spring
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Spring, Summer, Fall
Green, Burgundy, Brown
White, Green, Light Green, Ivory
White, Green, Ivory
Yellow, Yellow Green, Brown, Burgundy
Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Shade Trees, Street Trees
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