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Acer negundo - Box Elder


Location: Riparian

Description: Box Elder trees are common in river valleys and canyons surrounding Durango. They trees are sometime shrublike, growing in clumps. Prolific suckering produces these clumps. The branching structure is somewhat ratty. In Durango, the tree is most closely associated with the Box Elder Bug (Leptocoris trivittatus) a small red and black insect which comes out in force in the early summer. This used to be classified as a Maple (Acer negundo) but has since been placed in its own Genus. The seeds are very maple-like but don't confuse this with Acer glabrum.

Author: Eric Kiefer