Plant Care Box Elder

Box Elder

Also known as

California Boxelder Maple, California Boxelder Maple, Arizona boxelder, Boxelder maple, Box elder, Ash-leaved maple, Maple ash, Manitoba maple, Elf maple and Ashleaf maple


Acer negundo

How to care for Box Elder


How often to water your Box Elder

Water needs for Box Elder
0.5 cups
every 9

Box Elder needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Box Elder

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for California Boxelder Maple in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Box Elder: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Box Elder love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Box Elder does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Box Elder in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Box Elder

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Box Elder: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Box Elder after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Box Elder is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Box Elder

Box Elder

Box Elder

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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