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Boxelder

Boxelder

Boxelder at Court of the Patriarchs

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Boxelder (Acer negundo) – Often a companion tree to the cottonwood in riparian areas, the boxelder is a member of the maple family, which you can tell by its double-winged fruits called samaras. Its soft white wood is used to make boxes, while its syrup has been tapped or “boxed” for sugar and syrup. It has been cultivated as a shade tree for hundreds of years because of its rapid growth. Although it is neither as tall nor as graceful as its neighbor cottonwood, boxelder leaves turn a bright yellow in autumn. In the spring, their showy flowers look like big, dangly earrings.



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Did You Know?

Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Logo

The Olympic Torch passed through Zion National Park enroute to Salt Lake City for the 2002 Winter Olympics