Theodore Payne California Native Plant Database

Acer negundo var. californicum

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Acer nedundo
Acer nedundo
Acer nedundo
Acer nedundo
Acer negundo var. californicum in flower
Acer negundo var. californicum in flower

Botanical Name: Acer negundo var. californicum
Common Name: Box elder

Good fall color. Highly recommended for ornamental value or quick shade. Requires moderate summer watering. Tolerates wind and drought once established.

Plant Family: Aceraceae
Plant Type: Tree
Height by Width: 30-80' H x 15' W
Growth Habit: Upright with broad crown
Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Moderate to regular
Cold Hardy to: -20 degrees F
Flower Season: Winter/Spring
Flower Color: Pink
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Throughout California Floristic Province
Natural Habitat: Streamsides, bottomlands.Elevation: below 5000'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A deciduous tree of very rapid growth, forming a dense symmetrical crown. The spreading habit of the tree makes it very desirable for shade in the garden and it is ideally suited for street or highway planting. Gallon cans, 50c; 5 gallon cans, $1.75. Bare roots December to march. Large branched specimens, $2.50 to $5.00."
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