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Manitoba Maple

Manitoba Maple – Maple Seeds

Acer negundo
Boxelder

Height: 14 m (45 ft.)
Spread: 6 m (20 ft.)
Recommended Spacing: 2.5 m (8 ft.)
Growth Rate: moderate
Lifespan: 50 years+
Note: susceptible to 2,4-D drift
Origin: native

Manitoba maple has an irregular form with a divided trunk resulting in a few long, spreading and crooked limbs with irregular branching that develop into a broad uneven crown. The species is dioecious with separate male and female trees. Seed production from female trees can be extensive. Best growth occurs on deep, moist soils and it can withstand flooding. It will also tolerate drought but with a reduced growth rate.

Planted as a middle row in farmyard and livestock shelterbelts, Manitoba maple increases height and enhances wind protection of shelterbelts. The species is well adapted to riparian areas. In wildlife plantings, the seeds are a favoured winter food for several bird species and the tree is used for nesting and shelter. Flowers are an early spring source of pollen and nectar for bees and other insects. Manitoba maple can be a good source of syrup when tapped in early spring.

Manitoba Maple - Leaves
Manitoba Maple – Field Belt in Winter
Manitoba Maple - Trees
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