Common Name Boxelder, ashleaf maple
Botanical Name Acer negundo
Plant Type Tree
Mature Size 30–50 ft. tall, 30-50 ft. wide
Soil Type Moist
Hardiness Zones 2–10 (USDA)
Native Area North America
Toxicity Toxic to horses
English name: Boxelder, ashleaf maple
scientific name Boxelder is
original home ( native) or habitat of Boxelder, ashleaf maple
South Florida to California:
Box Elder lifespan
lifespan of a Box Elder tree typically ranges from 30 to 60 years, depending on various factors such as growing conditions, climate, and disease susceptibility.
Box Elder, ashleaf maple growth rate
growth rate of a box elder tree can vary, but on average, it typically grows at a moderate rate of around 1 to 2 feet per year.
box elder tree identification Botanical description Boxelder, ashleaf maple
Elder box -one of the rare trees, and it is one of the deciduous trees during the winter season.
The height of the tree reaches 20-22 meters.
The leaves in Boxelder, ashleaf maple trees are the trunk of the elder – pinnate compound consisting of 2-5 leaflets with a serrated edge ending in a single leaf.
The male flowers are found in a combed inflorescence, while the female flowers are found in a seminal inflorescence that emerges at the end of winter.
It is greenish-yellow in color, and appears on the trees before the leaves emerge.
The fruits in ornamental trees are the trunk pterygoid (2 samaras, and the wing is curved inwards).
box elder tree life cycle
box elder tree (Acer negundo) starts as a seed that germinates and grows into a young sapling. Over several years, it develops into a mature tree, producing flowers and seeds. These seeds disperse and new saplings emerge. The life cycle repeats, lasting for many decades, with the tree eventually aging and dying.
box elder tree blooming season .
box elder tree typically blooms in the spring season, usually between late March to early May. Its small clusters of yellow-green flowers are followed by the growth of winged seeds called samaras.
Boxelder, ashleaf maple propagation
Boxelder, ashleaf maple propagation by planting seeds, which are planted in agricultural beds that contain an agricultural environment of compost + peat moss + well-washed sand in a ratio of 2: 1: 1, and they are taken care of until the appearance of real leaves.
After the appearance of the real leaves, the plants are spread out in pots or planting bags, until they reach a length of 20-25 cm, where they are rotated in pots or planting bags until they are planted in permanent land.
Also, Boxelder, ashleaf maple are grown in by planting the cuttings, which are obtained from the aged branches and have a length of about 20-25 cm, provided that they contain 4 or 5 good eyes free from pests and fungal diseases.
Cuttings are grown in agricultural beds, containing an environment of compost + peat moss + well-washed sand, in a ratio of 2: 1: 1, and they are taken care of until a strong root system is formed, as they are singled out in pots or planting bags until they reach a length of 35-40 cm. cm, as they are recycled in pots or larger planting bags, and they are taken care of until they are planted in sustainable land.
Boxelder, ashleaf maple watering
Boxelder, ashleaf maple one of the trees falling leaves during the winter season, so the irrigation process must be stopped or the irrigation periods spacing, depending on the nature of the soil, whether it is sandy soil or heavy loamy soil.
Attention should also be given to the irrigation process during the spring, summer and fall seasons, when trees must be watered in complete moderation and the soil should not be left to dry.
However, it must be watering regularly according to the needs of the trees, that is, it depends on the nature of the soil and the environmental conditions in the region, and in all cases the irrigation process must be carried out without flooding.
Attention should also be paid to the process of irrigating trees in the event of a rise in air temperature with an increase in the intensity of winds, as this works to increase the leaf transpiration of water, which makes the trees, to compensate for the water lost through the transpiration process.
Boxelder, ashleaf maple fertilizer
Boxelder, ashleaf maple are fertilized by the elderly box – ash (Isranigondo) by using neutral mineral (chemical) fertilizer NPK 19: 19: 19. The major fertilizer elements are nitrogen – phosphorus – potassium at a rate of 400-500 g / tree of 5-7 years of age.
The process of fertilizing trees with fertilizer should also be done in two equal batches, the first batch during the month of March and the second batch during the month of August.
Boxelder, ashleaf maple should be fertilized with well-decomposed organic fertilizer at a rate of 3-5 kg + 200 g of monosuperphosphate fertilizer 15% / tree of 5-7 years of age during the winter service in December.
biofertilization for Boxelder, ashleaf maple
Boxelder, ashleaf maple bio-fertilizer instead of using mineral (chemical) fertilizer that pollutes the environment, in order for the trees to grow well.
Among the most important environmentally friendly biofertilizers used to fertilize trees are the following:
1- Use the water soaked in compost, known as compost tea.
2- The use of bacteria that fix atmospheric nitrogen, such as the azotobacter, the azospirilium bacterium.
3- Using active dry beer yeast during the spring season at a rate of 20 gm/tree at all ages.
4- Using the Trichoderma fungus, which helps trees and plants to absorb rock phosphate in the soil.
5- Using humic acid, which helps the soil to retain irrigation water instead of losing it through leaching, especially in light and sandy soils.
Humic acid also helps trees and plants absorb microelements in the soil, such as iron, zinc, manganese, calcium, magnesium, and the rest of the microelements in the soil.
Boxelder, ashleaf maple Soil
trees should be planted in the box of the elder – ash (Isranigondo), in fertile, well-drained soil free of harmful salts, as the trees are very sensitive to salinity, whether the salinity of the soil or the salinity of the irrigation water.
Trees should also be planted in soil that is neutral in acidity and alkaline, as the soil PH should be between approximately 5.5-6.5 in order for trees to grow well.
Light requirements for Boxelder, ashleaf maple
It is very important to plant Boxelder, ashleaf maple in sunny, well-lit places, so that the trees can grow well
As the light is very important for the process of light construction, in which the plant uses the energy it derives from the light reaching the mechanism in the representation of carbon dioxide + water to build carbohydrates, from which the rest of the other nutrients necessary for the continuation of plant life are created.
preparing and sterilizing the soil for planting ornamental tree seedlings.
When planting seedlings of ornamental trees in the elderly box, the following steps must be followed:
1- Determine the place for the planting pot, provided that it is in sunny, well-lit places, and that the soil is light, fertile, well-drained, free of harmful mineral salts, and the soil must also be neutral in acidity and alkalinity.
2- After choosing the appropriate place, the area of the plant is determined to be 100 cm long and 100 cm wide, then the planting area is stirred well, removing grass and impurities, as well as worries, to a depth of approximately 80 cm.
3- After determining the location of the jar, determining its area, and also reducing it well, the following components are added.
* Adding well-decomposing organic fertilizer at a rate of 1-2 kg + 200 gm of monosuperphosphate fertilizer 15% + adding a suitable fungicide to combat soil rot (according to the recommended recommendations).
4- After adding the previous ingredients then the process of watering in moderation without drowning.
5- To perform the process of sterilizing the soil of the jura, it is covered with a sheet of high-density black plastic, then it is fixed well from all sides, by placing dry soil on the edges of the sheet until it is well fixed.
6- After placing the high-density black plastic sheet over planting area , left exposed to the sun for a period until the sterilization process is completed.
7- After the sterilization period of 2-3 months has passed, the high-density black plastic dill is removed, then the soil mixing process is carried out.
8 left for 48 hours, until it is well ventilated.
9- After the hole is ventilated, the seedlings are brought in, where the roots of the seedlings are dipped in the verse solutions.
* A suitable fungicide to combat root rot + a root stimulating hormone such as the hormone indole butyric acid (according to the recommended recommendations)
10- After the seedlings are treated, the process of planting them takes place in the middle of the jar completely, while fixing them alone, by pressing on the soil around the seedlings.
11- Seedlings are monitored in terms of irrigation and regular fertilization appropriate to the age and size of the seedlings
pruning and trimming for Boxelder, ashleaf maple
The process of trimming and trimming trees is carried out in By removing the edge, broken and deformed branches, branches infected with fungal diseases and insect pests are also removed.
The intertwined branches inside the heart of the tree are also removed, in order to allow light to reach the heart of the tree, so that it can grow well.
Trees are also sprayed after pruning and pruning with one of the appropriate fungicides, such as lux chloro-copper, with paint on the broken branches using a paste of a rose, so that fungal diseases do not spread after the pruning and pruning process.
Planting of Boxelder, ashleaf maple in home gardens:
Boxelder, ashleaf maple is one of the rare beautiful trees, so it is planted in home gardens and taken good care of, in order to give the place splendor and beauty.
box elder tree problems pests and disease
certain pests and diseases. Here are a few common problems associated with box elder trees:
1. Box Elder Bugs: These insects are often found on and around box elder trees.
While they don’t typically cause significant harm to the tree, they can be a nuisance. To control them, you can physically remove them or use insecticidal sprays as needed.
2. Verticillium Wilt: This is a fungal disease that affects many tree species, including box elders. It can cause wilting, yellowing, and browning of leaves, as well as branch dieback. There is no cure for Verticillium wilt, but you can manage it by maintaining tree health, watering properly, and removing infected branches.
3. Fungal Leaf Spot: Box elder trees may occasionally develop fungal infections causing circular spots on the leaves. While it typically doesn’t cause severe damage, you can prune away infected branches and improve air circulation around the tree to help manage the disease.
4. Powdery Mildew: This common fungal disease can also affect box elder trees, leading to a whitish powdery growth on leaves and shoots. Ensuring good airflow, avoiding overhead watering, and removing infected foliage can help control powdery mildew.
Uses of Boxelder, ashleaf maple
1 – Boxelder, ashleaf maple is one of the rare trees, as it turns green during the winter.
2- Trees are planted in home gardens, with special characteristics, so that the garden looks beautiful during the winter season.
3- Trees are planted in distinct gardens, such as the gardens of consulates and foreign embassies.
4- Tree wood is used in the manufacture of luxurious home furniture, and it is also used in the manufacture of musical instruments.
5- These trees tolerate extreme cold, which makes them one of the favorite trees.