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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Boxelders in the landscape

Here's a shot of some leaves of a striking cultivar of boxelder planted as a street-tree in Ypsilanti on Elm St. The specimen is upright, single-trunked, and has a nice even canopy.

I think people are too quick to discount boxelder as a worthy landscape tree. It's a native plant. Multiple stems and horizontal trunks can make for some fabulous recreational climbing and fort-building for kids. I can't explain it -- there's just something that seems so relaxed, natural, and American about it. Male trees are to be preferred as the female seeds attract boxelder bugs and are ugly in the winter.

Maybe someday I will make pilgrimages to Box Elder, Montana and Box Elder, South Dakota. Better get to it before Christ returns on Friday.

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