Acer negundo

Box elder

Plant Type: Tree
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Moist, Regular
Height X Width: 50' X 40'
Santa Clara County Local: Yes
What do these mean?



Box elder is a common member of riparian and valley plant communities throughout much of California, especially coastal mountains from Mendocino County to Baja. It quickly grows in a rounded form to about 35 feet, rarely larger. The light green compound leaves have three to five leaflets that may be deeply lobed or serrate. The bark is light gray. The fall colors range from yellow to orange to red, making for one of the more attractive displays among California’s native trees. Box elder appreciates some summer water, though in time it becomes tolerant of summer dryness. A variety of soil conditions and sun exposures are accepted.


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Deciduous