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    Sensation Boxelder

    Acer negundo 'Sensation'

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    Sensation Boxelder (Acer negundo 'Sensation') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Sensation Boxelder foliage

    Sensation Boxelder foliage

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Sensation Boxelder (Acer negundo 'Sensation') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Sensation Boxelder

    Sensation Boxelder

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Height:  45 feet

    Spread:  50 feet

    Sunlight:  full sun 

    Hardiness Zone:  3a

    Other Names:  Manitoba Maple


    A fast-growing cultivar selected for its shapely growth habit and striking red fall color, very atypical of this species; a superb choice for a fall-coloring shade tree in tough northern locations

    Ornamental Features

    Sensation Boxelder has light green foliage throughout the season. The compound leaves turn an outstanding indian red in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

    Landscape Attributes

    Sensation Boxelder is a deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

    This is a high maintenance tree that will require regular care and upkeep, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

    • Messy
    • Insects

    Sensation Boxelder is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • Shade

    Planting & Growing

    Sensation Boxelder will grow to be about 45 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 50 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 7 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

    This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is an amazingly adaptable plant, tolerating both dry conditions and even some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.

    Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
    Fall Color 
    Ornamental Features

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