Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Fast grower to 30 to 35 ft. tall and wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Year-round Interest
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Inconspicuous
Botanical Pronunciation:Ay-ser ne-GOON-do
Plant type:Tree
Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
Sunset climate zones:1 - 10, 12 - 24, 29 - 45
Growth rate:Fast
Average landscape size:Fast grower to 30 to 35 ft. tall and wide.
Foliage color:Variegated
Blooms:Inconspicuous
Design IdeasWith its variable shape and coarse texture, the Flamingo Box Elder is a prime candidate for the mixed deciduous-shrub border and for the woods' edge. Place at the corner of a monochrome building to soften edges and add interest.
Companion PlantsTo complement the emerging pink spring leaves of Flamingo Box Elder--leaves that mature to a variegated green and white in summer--try the rich blue hues of Hoop's Blue Spruce (Picea pungens 'Hoopsii'). Underplant with the blue-green grassy clumps of Blue Fescue (Festuca ovina 'Glauca') and a grassy Daylily like Happy Returns (Hemerocallis hybrids 'Happy Returns'). Mix with other shrubs that have red or pink young leaves, such as Fraser's Photinia (Photinia x fraseri) and Forest Flame Pieris (Pieris x 'Forest Flame').
Care Information
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
History:
This uniquely colored maple is among the 200 species, all from northern temperate regions around the world. The species was introduced in 1688 and classified by Augustin de Candolle, the noted Swiss botanist, then verified by Nuttal. This tree is found in virtually all parts of North America from Canada to Guatemala with a wide range of natural variations.
Lore:
This tree is known as box elder because its whitish wood resembles that of European boxwood.