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Box Elder

Scientific Name: Acer negundo

This tree is actually a maple, but it doesn't commonly go by a "maple" name. In the summer, it is very easy to ID because the because the bark looks like a maple, but the leaves are compound and have 3-7 leaflets. The leaflets also do not take the traditional maple shape.

When there are no leaves, first look for the opposite branching to confirm the ID as a maple. The bark often develops broad ridges as it ages, but it may be tough to separate out in younger trees that have not developed.

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