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An individual instance of Acer negundo (boxelder)
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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.

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This organism is a living specimen that is part of the  Vanderbilt University Arboretum  with the local identifier 3-178.

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Acer negundo


sec. Gleason Cronquist 1991

common name: boxelder
family: Aceraceae
Identified 2013-12-11 by Steven J. Baskauf


Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, US
Click on these geocoordinates to load a map showing the location: 36.14529°, -86.80617°
Coordinate uncertainty about: 10 m.

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whole tree (or vine) - general
whole tree (or vine) - winter

Gleason Cronquist 1991 =

Gleason, Henry A. and Arthur Cronquist, 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY, US.

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