California Box Elder is a deciduous tree, usually 30', possible
to 50'. Native to the mountains of central and northern California.
Acer negundo var. californicum has a bad rap because of the box elder bug
which on the worst of years is no big deal (unless you have
bugaphobia). It's still one of the toughest shade trees around, fair
fall color, excellent stream side stabilizer. This tree provides a very
fast windbreak, needs moisture at first, then very drought resistant
(has survived here on 5 inches of rainfall with one summer watering).
It laughs at desert wind and heat. It was -20 F in another part of its
range in 1990 with no problems. This tree will grow in gravel or adobe
clay, but it is always growing near a water source. Most customers
notice it and like it because the flowers look oriental or the seeds
rustle. Common associated plants are Symphoricarpos albus (Snowberry),
Rosa californica (California Rose), Rhamnus californica (Coffeeberry),
Salix species (willow), Populus species (cottonwood), and Rubus ursinus
Acer negundo var. californicum tolerates sand, clay and seasonal flooding.
Foliage of Acer negundo var. californicum turns a different color in the fall, has color lt-green and is deciduous.
Flower of Acer negundo var. californicum has color pink.
Communities for Acer negundo var. californicum:Chaparral, Valley Grassland, Northern Oak Woodland, Riparian (rivers & creeks), Southern Oak Woodland, Yellow Pine Forest and Central Oak Woodland.