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Sensation Boxelder

Acer negundo 'Sensation'

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Sensation Boxelder (Acer negundo 'Sensation') at Eagle Lake Nurseries

Sensation Boxelder foliage

Sensation Boxelder foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Sensation Boxelder (Acer negundo 'Sensation') at Eagle Lake Nurseries

Sensation Boxelder

Sensation Boxelder

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  33 feet

Spread:  26 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3b


Beautiful summer and fall colour. Uniform growth Habit. Should be planted in a sheltered location.

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 33 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 26 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 slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. 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, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Eagle Lake Tips

Uniform growth habit but plant in sheltered location. Does not do well in heavy clay soils.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Fall Color 
Ornamental Features