This tree grows along the sidewalk in front of the Alpha Chi Omega house.
If you are familiar with maples, you may be surprised to find that box elder is a maple. Unlike all other maples in this area, its leaves
are compound with three
to seven leaflets
. However, it does produce the paired, winged fruits
typical of other maples. This tree is one of the few trees that have very green twigs
and the leaves are arranged oppositely on the twig as is typical for maples.
Box elder is very common in our area, especially in wet, disturbed areas where it grows like a weed. However, this is one of only a few specimens on Vanderbilt campus.