Acer negundo

Boxelder Maple
Acer negundo

Family: Soapberry (Sapindaceae)
AKA: Ash-leaf Maple
Photo taken on: September 25, 2009
Location: Bandelier National Monument, NM
Life Zones: Plains to foothills
Habitat: Moist areas, stream banks

Tree growing to 75ft with smooth branches and a pale gray-brown trunk. Unlike most maples which are lobed, the leaves are divided into three leaflets. Tiny yellow-green flowers bloom before the leaves open. The winged seed pod is called a samara.