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Manitoba Maple (Boxelder)


Latin Name: Acer negundo


Family: Aceraceae

Native Range: Western Canada, Central United States

Seed Source: Natural stands in the Qu'Appelle Valley near Katepwa Lake, Saskatchewan

Height and Spread: 15m x 5m (25 years)

Overview: Manitoba maple is a excellent long-lived tree species for shelterbelts, riparian buffers or Eco-Buffers. It is ultra hardy and fast growing.

Fruits: A samara consisting of two oval carpels joined at the base and each terminating in a broad membranous wing.


Stratification: Stratify in moist sand at 5°C for 45 days

Ideal sowing time: Spring (stratified seed) or fall (non-stratified)

Sowing instructions: Sow 2 cm deep, 50 seeds/meter; Greenhouse - sow 3 seeds per cell.

Growing conditions: Best growth on medium textured soils with soil pH 7.0 to 8.0. Fertilization is not required.

Agroforestry Value

Manitoba maple is used in farm or field shelterbelts where a fast growing, flood tolerant, tough tree is needed. Manitoba maple is easy to grow, does well on most soils, frost and drought resistant. Its sap can used to produce maple syrup.