Botanical Name: Acer negundo 'Variegatum'
Common Name: Variegated Box Elder  
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Green, Light Green, White, Variegated


Bark Color

Brown, Grey


Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half, Shade





Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained, Moist, Dry


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Japanese, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Shrub Border


Special Uses

Screen, Shade Tree


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

This maple is deciduous accent tree that grows 20 to 25 feet tall and maybe as wide. A selection of Box elder, it is fast growing. The foliage produced is green and creamy (variegated) and the seed pods are weeping-looking. This tree may be difficult to find; you can substitute with 'Flamingo' cultivated variety. When stressed, tree may produce solid gree leaves; prune out those branches as they may out-grow the variegated portion.
Prefers well drained soil. Due to the leaf coloration, it's best to provide some mid or late day shade to avoid scorching. Prune selectively to shape or control size, but avoid shearing (see Guides).