• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast grower to 30 to 35 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Year-round Interest
    Blooms:
    Inconspicuous
  • Detail
    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
    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:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    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.