Book of Mediterranean Trees, Shrubs and Climbers
Acer negundo Box Elder
Classical L. name, possibly from L. acer, hard or sharp, the wood once having been
used for writing tablets.(1)
from the Sanskrit and Bengali word nirgundi, which was used as negundo in the
naming of Vitex negundo and later for Acer negundo that has a leaf similar to that
of Vitex negundo.
Acer negundo is a species of maple native to North America. Box elder, boxelder
maple, ash-leaved maple, and maple ash are its most common names in the United States;
in Britain and Ireland it is also known as ashleaf maple.