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Boxelder

Boxelder

Boxelder at Court of the Patriarchs

NPS/Amy Gaiennie

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?

CCC Camp in Zion, 1935

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) had three camps in Zion National Park in the 1930's. Much of their work can be seen today. More...