Box Elder

March 31, 2020

BY Kari Janiszewski

Box Elder live edge in the making. Did you know these red markings are rare!

It is called "box elder" because of the similarity of the white sapwood to boxwood (thus the "box") and the similarity of the tree's leaves to those of the elder tree (thus the "elder"). ... 

Red Stain in BoxelderBoxelder, Acer negundo, is sometimes identified by a red stain in the wood. ... When exposed to the light, the color of the stain fades over time. It has been reported that the stain is caused by the infection of the fungus Fusarium reticulatum.