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Box Elder

Box Elder
Photo: Lorna Rose
Invasive Plant
Box Elder
Acer negundo

This green leaf form was a popular shade and street tree in the past. It is also used as an understock for other ornamental grafted maples.

Silver and gold variegated forms will also revert back to this green form. All grow to 9m and form deciduous shade trees however the mass of seeds they produce has made them major bushland invaders.



  • Produces masses of 'winged' seed which are readily carried on winds.
  • Seeds germinate rapidly in gardens, guttering, gaps in paving and driveways etc.
  • Wind transfers them from garden to bush land, parks and reserves.

Removal of these invasive plants is both difficult and very costly if allowed to grow to even a moderate height. Remove the rogue seedlings if they appear in your garden.

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Alternative Plants

Claret Ash
Photo: Lorna Rose
Alternative Plant Claret Ash
Fraxinus oxycarpa 'Raywood'
Trees and Shrubs

An Australian hybrid, this tree will grow 10-15m tall and is deciduous.

The feather-shaped leaves turn claret red in autumn.

A neat, medium sized tree, perfect for garden or street planting.

Sensation Maple
Photo: Fleming's Nurseries
Alternative Plant Sensation Maple
Acer negundo 'Sensation'
Trees and Shrubs

The best of the box elder maples. Grows to 9 m tall. With lovely bronze- burgundy growing tips that turn mid green in summer it is beautiful shade tree. Tolerates heat and drought and given good cultivation may grow beyond 10m in height. This variety is sterile, so the self seeding issue with the species is not concern.

Photo: Lorna Rose
Alternative Plant Tupelo
Nyssa sylvatica
Trees and Shrubs

Decorative, deciduous tree with flat, mid-green leaves that turn brilliant colours in autumn.

Almost pyramidal in shape, it rarely exceeds 10-15m as a lovely garden specimen tree.

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