Box Elder is a beautiful tree when added to any landscape
The Box Elder is easy to grow
Regarding appearance, the Box Elder often branches into multiple low trunks, and develops a wide, rounded crown. The twigs are generally slender. The tree has compounded leaves with 3 to 5 irregularly toothed leaflets. They are shallowly lobed, as well as coarsely toothed. The leaves of the box elder are in opposite pairs and at maturity are 6 to 8 inches in length. In terms of color, the Box Elder leaves are generally light green in the summer, and do not change color in the fall. The male and female are generally on separate trees, and fruit forms on the female trees. The fruit are winged nutlets in a pair, about an inch long, and clustered in long stalks.
Box Elders are great when used as wind breakers
Regarding landscape uses, Box Elder trees are commonly planted around residential areas, particularly in parks. They can also be seen in gardens, where the bright green blossoms of the female trees can add some color in the spring. In addition, they are commonly planted to provide a wind block from storms.