acer negundo

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Related to Manitoba maple: balsam poplar, green ash, Trembling aspen
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box elder

box elder

30-60 ft (10-20m) tree with smooth green twigs and leaves that resemble poison ivy, but leaves are opposite each other, not alternating. Has maple-tree-type winged seed keys but thinner and longer than maple. Keys can be eaten. Sap boiled down for sugar. Very popular source of sugar. The inner bark can be eaten raw, boiled, roasted or dried and pounded into a powder with fiber sifted out. Tea made from inner bark can induce vomiting. Young leaves are edible and somewhat sweet, but have little nutrition.
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As one of its common names suggests, the Manitoba maple or box elder (Acer negundo) is native to the river and stream valleys of the prairie parklands.
Manitoba maple has long been used in shelterbelts and as a shade and street tree on the prairies.
latifolia 1 tamarack Larix laricina 1b laurel willow Salix pentandra 2 European white birch Betula pendula 2 white elm Ulmus americana 2a cranberry Viburnum trilobum 2b Manitoba maple Acer negundo 2b ponderosa pine Pinus ponderosa 2b Ohio buckeye Aesculus glabra 2b hackberry Celtis occidentalis 3 little-leaf linden Tilia cordata 3 Rocky Mountain juniper Juniperus scopulorum 3 red maple Acer rubrum 3b black walnut Juglans nigra 3b white ash Fraxinus americana 4 ginkgo/maidenhair tree Ginkgo biloba 4 black locust Robinia pseudoacacia 4a Rocky Mountain Douglas-fir Pseudotsuga menziesii var.
For dessert, small cones of sugar made in the spring from nearby Manitoba maple trees were handed around.
When the town was settled, the principle trees were Manitoba maples and several varieties of poplar.

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